It’s time to brush our teeth!
Slough Public Health has been working closely with Early Years’ settings and schools across the borough to improve the oral health of children. We’ve produced a video with local children, parents and carers to encourage children to brush their teeth, visit the dentist and make healthy food and drink choices.
- Tooth brushing is so important from a very early age, in fact as soon as your child’s first tooth comes through.
- Did you know that putting a child to bed with milk or juice can lead to serious tooth decay? Offer water instead.
Top tips for terrific teeth
For our smallest residents:
- children aged 0-3 years should use a smear of toothpaste
- children aged 3-6 years should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste
- support your child to brush until they are at least seven years old. Be a good role model - show your child that you brush your teeth.
- brush teeth twice a day for two minutes, using the right fluoride toothpaste
- use an app, sing or play the Slough Oral Health video to make the two minutes fly by!
- brush last thing at night just before bed and at one other time of the day
- brush all surfaces of your teeth
- spit out the toothpaste and avoid rinsing with water so some fluoride from the paste is left on your child’s teeth, to make them stronger
- visit a dentist regularly (every six months, or as often as recommended by your dentist). To find a local dentist call 0300 311 22 33 or visit the NHS website
- use a new toothbrush every three months, ideally with medium bristles and a small head.
Chose food wisely:
- cut down on how often your child has sugary foods and fizzy drinks
- choose snacks and drinks which are kinder to teeth such as: cheese, crackers or breadsticks, fresh fruit and vegetables, water, or milk.
For more information, visit the Public Health Slough website.