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Tips for Parents

A healthy smile is an important part of overall health. Parents play a key role in helping to make dental care a part of their child's daily routine.

Here are some tips to help parents encourage good dental habits:

  • start early to teach your child the importance of taking good care of their teeth
  • use a soft bristle toothbrush—one to fit your child's size
  • for children up to three years use only a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste the size of a grain of rice on the brush, after age 3, a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is the right amount
  • have your child spit out excess toothpaste after brushing but not rinse, that way some of the fluoride stays on the teeth for added protection
  • remind children to reach back far enough to clean those important molars - they're meant to last a lifetime
  • once your child's teeth touch each other, floss every day
  • children up to age 12 need help with flossing 
  • chew sugarless gum when they can’t brush their teeth
  • have your child wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports
  • take your child to the dentist every six to nine months
  • talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about putting pit and fissure sealants on the chewing surfaces of your child's permanent molars
  • set a good example by brushing and flossing your own teeth properly
  • good eating habits are important for your child's overall health and for strong, healthy teeth

Toothbrushing Log- download this fun tool for children to track their 2 for 2 brushing (505kb PDF)
Colouring Sheet(345kb PDF)
2 for 2 song

For more information you can speak one-to-one with a health professional, call Your Health Connection at (705) 721-7520 or 1 877-721-7520.

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