Toothbrushing

Getting the best from toothbrushing for children under 7 years

  • Start brushing as soon as the first tooth appears
  • Brush twice daily with adult fluoride toothpaste which contains at least 1,350 ppm* fluoride; last thing at night and on one other occasion
  • Children under 3 should use only a smear of toothpaste
  • Children aged 3-6 years should use no more than a pea sized amount of toothpaste

  • Do not allow children to eat or lick the toothpaste from the tube
  • Children should be supervised when brushing
  • Encourage children to spit out after brushing, and try not to rinse with large amounts of water
  • Avoid ‘children’s’ toothpaste with very low levels of fluoride

Getting the best from  toothbrushing for older children and adults

  • Brush twice daily; last thing at night and on one other occasion
  • Only use adult toothpaste which contains at least 1350 ppm* fluoride
  • Spit out after brushing, but do not rinse with large amounts of water
  • Brush all tooth surfaces carefully in turn
  • Use a brush with a small head and compact bristles that are arranged with long and short filaments
  • For gum health consider a toothpaste containing Triclosan with co-polymer or Triclosan with zinc citrate

*ppm = parts per million

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