Watch this video as an introduction to achieving dental health for children.
The NHS recommends that children should have their first dental check up by the time they are one.
Children are seen free of charge on the NHS.
Use the link below to find the nearest NHS dentist to you using your postcode.
This video shows how to use a manual toothbrush most effectively.
Children should be helped and supervised with brushing their teeth until they are at least 8 years old.
Are you caring for babies, toddlers or pre-school age children?
Watch these videos from the HABIT project (associated with Leeds University) to find out how to overcome the challenges of looking after their teeth.
Want to learn more?
Access this free online 30 minute training session.
What to expect: This elearning programme provides information and advice about children’s oral health. It is aimed at parents, expectant mothers, early years healthcare workers, teachers, nurses, GPs and the public.
Oral health is an important part of every child’s wellbeing. It impacts on the ability for children to eat and sleep, to socialise with confidence and to concentrate at school. However, many children experience problems with their oral health. Tooth decay affects around a quarter of five-year olds in England (view document), and it is also the leading cause of hospital admissions for five to nine-year-olds by some distance. Many children who go to hospital because of tooth decay need to have teeth removed under general anaesthetic. This is despite the fact that tooth decay is almost entirely preventable.
This programme will help you to support the children you care for to maintain good oral health. It covers the main causes of tooth decay and simple actions that can be taken to prevent the problem. It also explains when a child’s primary (baby) and adult (permanent) teeth start to appear, and what you should do if a tooth is knocked out. By the end of the session users will have developed their knowledge of oral health and be more confident in providing children’s oral health advice.