Top Teeth

Frequently asked questions

developing children's awareness of dental health

Should I prevent my child from eating any sugary foods?

Sugary foods are best taken at end of a meal or a set time each week rather than frequently every day.

What causes tooth decay?

Frequent intake of foods and drinks containing sugar between meals causes tooth decay

What is a safe amount of sugar to consume?

Consumption of sugary foods should be restricted. Limit the consumption of foods and drinks with added sugar to a maximum of four times a day.

What drinks are healthy to take between meals?

Fizzy drinks including sparkling water and pure fruit juices are acidic and should not be taken too frequently between meals. The healthier options are tap water, bottled still water (unflavoured) and milk.

Is there sugar in medicines?

Many medicines contain sugar. Medicine is often given last thing at night which means sugar is around the teeth during the night. When we sleep we produce less saliva which means teeth are at a greater risk of decay. You can ask for sugar free medicine at the chemist.

How often should a toothbrush be changed?

Change your toothbrush at least once every three months.

How often should we brush our teeth?

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. It is recommended to brush teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day. Children should be supervised when brushing their teeth especially to remind them to brush the inside and outside of every tooth.

How long should my child brush teeth for?

Brush teeth for at least three minutes each time.

How often should we visit the dentist?

Visit the dentist regularly.

Suggested suitable snacks and drinks between meals;

Snacks:

  • Fruit (fresh, frozen or tinned in natural juices)
  • Vegetables eg. Pieces of carrot, celery, cauliflower, peppers
  • Bread or toast (preferably wholemeal, wholegrain or wheaten)
  • Plain rice cakes
  • Plain breadsticks
  • Unsalted plain or whole wheat crackers, crisp breads, water biscuits
  • Homemade popcorn (without sugar, unsalted)
  • Unsweetened cereals for example; shredded wheat, weetabix, ready-break and porridge (NB do not add sugar to cereal)
  • Natural yoghurt
  • Natural yoghurt with chopped fruit

Drinks:

  • Tap water, bottled still water (unflavoured)
  • Milk

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