Delivering Better Oral Health

An Evidence Based Toolkit For Prevention

DBOH 1 – Advice for children aged up to 3 years with no carious lesions

Food and Drink

  • Breast feed for as long as possible – it provides the best nutrition for babies;
  • From the age of 6 months, introduce infants to a drinking cup;
  • From the age of 1 year, stop bottle feeding completely;
  • Start good habits early – do not add sugars to drinks or weaning foods;
  • Limit sugary food and drinks before bedtime, there is less saliva flow at night to wash them away;
  • Use sugar-free medicines in preference to those with sugar.

Toothbrushing

  • Brush your child’s teeth yourself twice daily from when they appear in the mouth;
  • Use only a smear of toothpaste containing less than 1000ppm fluoride.

DBOH2 – Advice for children 3 to 18 years with no carious lesions

Food and Drink

  • Limit sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes and no more than 4 times a day;
  • Avoid sugary food and drinks before bed-time, there is less saliva at night to wash it away;
  • Use sugar-free medicines in preference to those with sugar.

Tooth Brushing

  • Brush teeth twice daily – last thing at night and one other time;
  • Use only a smear of toothpaste containing 1350 to 1550ppm fluoride;
  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse – the fluoride keeps working to protect teeth.

Little Ones (aged 3 to 6)

  • Adult supervision and just a pea sized amount of toothpaste are recommended.

Professional Interventions

  • Apply fluoride to teeth twice yearly (2.2%F)

DBOH3 – Advice for adults with no carious lesions

Food and Drink

  • Limit sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes and no more than 4 times a day;
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks before bed-time, there is less saliva at night to wash it away;
  • Use sugar-free medicines in preference to those with sugar.

Tooth Brushing

  • Brush teeth twice daily – last thing at night and at one other time;
  • Use only a smear of toothpaste containing 1350 to 1550ppm fluoride;
  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse – the fluoride keeps working to protect teeth.