Effective Toothbrushing

Child brushing teethResearch shows if a child has dental decay at a young age that they are likely to have dental decay as an adult. The health benefits of good oral health are immense; getting children actively involved in looking after their oral health from an early age improves both their oral and general health as adults.

Effective Toothbrushing Routine
1. Parents and carers of children aged 0-2 are encouraged to brush their child's teeth as soon as the first tooth appears, using a soft toothbrush and water only. no toothpaste
2. It is not recommended to use fluoride toothpaste for children aged 0-2 years.
3. From age 2-7 years use a small pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste which contains at least 1,000 ppm F (parts per million Fluoride). The amount contained in a toothpaste will be shown on the packaging.Pea sized toothpaste
4. Children under the age of 7 should be supervised by an adult when brushing and should be encouraged to spit and not rinse after brushing so that the effects of fluoride toothpaste are not diluted.
5. A gentle scrub technique involving very short sideways movements is recommended
6. Brush twice a day - at bedtime and at one other time during the day

Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste is very effective in preventing dental decay. Regular toothbrushing removes plaque, which causes gum disease.

This video aims to provide parents and carers of young children with some basic advice on when to start brushing their child's teeth and how to do it. The recommendations are in line with best practice in Ireland 2014.