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Oral health

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. 

For everyone:

  • 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.