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Dental health for children

A healthy lifestyle, including eating well, not smoking and limiting alcohol intake, is good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums and mouth.

Child with toothbrush and toothpaste

Top Tips for Families

  • Brush teeth twice a day (in the morning and at bedtime)

  • Babies should have their teeth cleaned as soon as teeth appear in their mouth

  • Children under three should use a smear of toothpaste containing 1350ppm – 1500ppm ( this information can be found under the ingredients on the tube)

  • Children over 3 should use a pea sized amount of toothpaste containing 1350ppm – 1500ppm ( this information can be found under the ingredients on the tube)

  • Spit out excess toothpaste and do not rinse

  • Try and limit sugar containing food and drink to mealtimes and not between meals. Avoid constant sipping and grazing throughout the day

 

  • Visit a dentist at least once a year

 

A number of local schools and nurseries within Hampshire have supervised daily tooth brushing programmes in place. This brushing is in addition to the twice daily brushing which takes place at home.

Accessing a dentist

To access NHS dental services you can call the Hampshire Dental Helpline:

Tel: 0845 050 8345

You can also call NHS 111

Our services

School Nursing

Related information

Community Dental Services  

Dental Health (NHS Choices)

Information for Schools 

Dental Buddy- Resource (British Dental Health Foundation)