13 Jul 2015

We created the following dental infographic including some essential oral health tips and advices on how to prevent tooth decay in your children. Don't forget that cleaning your child's teeth should be part of their daily hygiene routine.

Dental Infographic: How to prevent tooth decay in children It is important for children to have sugary and acidic foods or drinks just at mealtimes. The more often children have sugary or acidic foods or drinks, the more likely they are to have decay. Remember: Some processed baby foods contain quite a lot of sugar. 50% of eight-year-olds have signs of decay in their milk teeth. 1 in 3 of five-year-olds in England now have tooth decay. Checking the list of ingredients - The higher up the list sugar is, the more there is in the product. Anything ending in ‘ose' is a sugar: - fructose - glucose - lactose - sucrose Give the kids water or milk. Try to avoid giving your kids drinks containing sugars, including fruit juices, between meals. For babies, don't add sugar to their drinks, or to foods when you introduce them to solids. Thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste last thing at night, and at least one other time during the day, will help to prevent tooth decay in your children.

Related topics:
- Child Dental Health Survey 2013, England, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Tell me about > Children's teeth 
- BBC: Child tooth removal 'at crisis point', doctors warn