Smile Month - 15th May to 15th
National Smile Month highlights three key messages to encourage,
develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They
1.Brush your teeth twice daily - last thing at night and
one other time in the day using a fluoride toothpaste.
2.Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and
3.Visit your dentist regularly.
During Smile Month local Children's Centres will be holding
activities and offering advice on how to care for young children's
teeth so we can improve the quality of smiles in Medway and have
lots of fun doing it!
To find out whats going on and for more information on your
nearest centre, click
It is important that first teeth are cared for with twice daily
brushing. Tooth brushing is an essential, learnt life skill
and should become an accepted and fun part of your child's daily
Choose toothpaste that contains fluoride to strengthen tooth
enamel. Make sure the quantity is right and check the packaging for
details. Children under 3 years need no less than 1000ppmFlouride,
while children over 3 and everyone else need
Remember you only need to use a small amount of fluoride
toothpaste - a smear is enough for children under 3 and a pea sized
blob for children over 3. Take a look at the pictures to see if you
are using the right amount for your child.
Don't encourage children to rinse out after brushing because
teeth need time to absorb the fluoride. Encourage children to spit
out the excess foam instead. Try not to give food or drink for 30
minutes to an hour after tooth brushing or after brushing at
bedtime to ensure continued protection while children sleep.
Try to limit sugar in the diet to four times in the day,
preferably at meal times and avoid eating or drinking anything
sugary in between meals. Instead have fruit, vegetables or savoury
snacks but if you do have a sugary snack, try drinking a glass of
water afterwards to dilute the acid created when bacteria break
down the sugar.
Everyone should visit a dentist regularly to have the teeth and
mouth checked. Children should see a dentist from a very early age
so they get used to the familiar smells and sounds of the surgery
and to build confidence and acceptance for future visits.
www.dentalhealth.org / NHS