How to care for the teeth of children aged 3-6 with Dr Ranj and Supertooth!
Hi! My name is Dr Ranj, and I’m going to give you some tips on keeping children’s teeth nice and healthy. With a little help from me, Supertooth! Hi Supertooth! Fighter of plaque!
Defender against tooth decay! Have no fear, Supertooth is here to save the day! Hmm…
OK, but don’t you think we should tell everyone at home what to do when you’re not around? Supertooth away! It’s really important to brush at least twice a day. Once, just before bed, and once more at any other time. Are you ready to fight tooth decay?
Yeah! Then let’s go! Oooh, these toothbrushes are all different sizes. What’s the right size for this child, Doc? Choose a toothbrush with a small head.
Grown-up brushes are too big for kids. How about electric brushes, Doc? Actually, you can do a perfectly good job with a normal toothbrush, which is cheaper and better for the environment. Supertooth away! Children between 3 and 6 should use a small, pea-sized amount of toothpaste, containing more than 1000 ppm of fluoride.
Fluoride levels can always be found on the side of the box. Easy! Children should be supervised until they’re at least 7 years old. To make sure they’re brushing correctly and using the right amount of toothpaste. Make sure you brush for 2 minutes and brush every part of every tooth.
There’s a great free app called Brush DJ, which will tell you when it’s time to stop brushing. And remember, spit the toothpaste out, but don’t rinse. Rinsing gets rid of the fluoride, which helps stop tooth decay! Don’t eat too much sugary food. Every time you do the bacteria in our mouths turn it into acid.
And that attacks our teeth and causes decay. This includes fizzy and sugary drinks, which kids don’t need. Drinks should be plain milk or water. Your child shouldn’t be using a bottle at this age. Put those sugary snacks away!
And finally, make sure you visit the dentist regularly to spot any signs of tooth decay as soon as possible. And always ask for sugar-free medicines. Going to the dentist is free for any child up until they’re 18 years old. Well done Doc! These teeth are safe for another day!