Looking after your teeth

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  • It is important to brush your teeth everyday because it can stop your teeth from being rotten and falling out!
  • You should be brushing your teeth every morning, every night and after each meal
  • An example of a calcium source is milk, which they can drink every meal
  • Children should be encouraged to eat a source of calcium in every meal. This makes sure their teeth are more strong!
  • Foods and drinks that include a lot of sugar are very bad for your teeth: try not to give your children too much sugar
  • Examples of foods and drinks that include a lot of sugar are chocolate and fizzy drinks
  • Once the child's teeth first start to appear, they should be cleaned with a small amount of gentle toothpaste on a soft rag such as muslin. Children under 1 year of age should be brushing their teeth with a soft brush and mild, gentle toothpaste, they should be cleaning their teeth in an up and down action to get them started. Teach the children to brush their teeth after every meal and before bed to maintain a good cleaning habit.
  • It is important to take your child to the dentist often, this is so they can get used to it and so their teeth are nice and healthy!
  • Calcium is an important source of food in a child's diet, this is so the child's teeth can be strong and healthy in their young years and further into their life. Encourage your child to eat more calcium in their diet, such as yogurt, mild cheese and milk. You can also incorporate these examples to make meals. For example: combine the yogurt with some chopped, soft fruits like bananas to act as their breakfast, or mild cheese with crackers to act as a lunch.
  • 1 year! To keep my teeth clean, my mum helps me clean them with muslin and a small amount of gentle toothpaste!
  • 2 years! I use a soft toothbrush and tasty, gentle toothpaste!
  • 3 years! I go to the dentist a lot, and brush my teeth with a soft toothbrush and gentle toothpaste!
  • 4 years! I brush my teeth with a soft toothbrush and gentle toothpaste and go to the dentist often!
  • As much as it's tempting to give children sweets or chocolate all the time, it is very bad for their teeth and can cause tooth decay, plaque and even more serious damage to the teeth. Sweets are only to be given after meals, and foods that are high in sugar should be avoided as much as possible. Also fizzy drinks which are very high in sugar are just as bad and should not be given to young children.
  • Incisors
  • Canines
  • Molars
  • Children should be encouraged to go to the dentist as often as possible at around the age of 3 years. This is so they can get used to it and more confident for when they are older, and so if there are any problems with their teeth, they can be identified at a young age and can be resolved early.
  • Up to the age of 1 year, children should be cleaning their teeth with a small amount of gentle toothpaste and a soft rag such as muslin. At the ages of 1-2 years, children should be cleaning their teeth with a soft toothbrush and gentle toothpaste. At the age of 3, children should be taken to the dentist often. At the age of 4, children should be able to brush their teeth confidentially and should start to be a bit more confident with going to the dentist.
  • Different teeth have different functions. The incisors are tough, chisel-shaped teeth at the front of the mouth to help with biting food. The canines are pointed teeth near your incisors to help tear food into manageable chunks. The molars are large, strong teeth at the back of the mouth which helps with grinding and crushing the food.
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