Baby teeth do matter!

Top tips for teeth

51% of Salford’s five year olds have tooth decay and it’s time to take action!

Children at Salford’s nurseries and reception classes are being asked to brush their teeth in school with a fluoride toothpaste.

The daily sessions, led by the early-years workforce and reception teachers, are all about preventing tooth decay and setting up good habits for life. Children are also being given toothbrush and toothpaste packs to take home.

Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, and reducing sugary snacks, will help to keep children’s mouths healthy. It’s all part of Salford’s fight back against painful tooth decay which can stop children doing well in school due to pain, cause sleepless nights as well as affect their self-confidence.

Alongside the work in schools, Salford City Council’s Public Health Team, Public Health England and the Salford Clinical Commissioning Group are working with parents on healthy eating for babies and toddlers, as well as increasing the number of under-fives visiting the dentist for advice and fluoride treatment. It’s really important that babies are taken to the dentist before the age of one for advice on good oral care to prevent tooth decay.

For dental advice contact your local dental practice. Your health visitor or school nurse can also give you further advice. 

Top tips for teeth

  • Visit your dentist before your child is one year old
  • Little mouths need less toothpaste
  • Spit, don't rinse
  • Avoid sugary drinks - plain water and milk is best
  • Help children with brushing until age seven

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