“You use that to pick the bad bits in your teeth.”
“I’m a dentist. You use that to scrape your teeth.”
During some of the coffee and chat sessions a member of the Oral Health team spoke with parents about toothbrushing and offered the nursery dental role play resources.
A dentist and reception waiting room and role play area was set up in the garden to encourage children to talk about their experiences and feelings about visiting the dentist. The children carried out different roles during their play and were able to talk about the dentists equipment and what they were used for.
- Brush your child’s teeth for about two minutes twice a day: once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day.
- Encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste, but not to rinse with lots of water. Rinsing with water after tooth brushing will wash away the fluoride and make it less effective.
- Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it. From the age of seven or eight, they should be able to brush their own teeth, but it’s still a good idea to watch them now and again to make sure they brush properly and for about two minutes.