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You can look after most of your oral health on your own, with just some regular trips to the dentist for a check-up. Not looking after your oral health can be painful and lead to you needing fillings, crowns or even treatment for gum disease.
It is important to make sure that your child regularly brushes their teeth as it is essential for good dental health and reducing the chances of tooth decay. But there is a poor standard of oral health amongst the children of Bradford – here are some tips:
- brush your children’s teeth twice a day for about 2 minutes each time.
- it is best to brush just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day.
- try and reduce the amount of sugar in your diet which can lead to tooth decay, especially between meals.
- if your child has had a sugary treat, try and brush their teeth as soon as you can – the longer that sugar is left on the teeth, the more likely it is to get tooth decay.
- sugars found in whole fruit are less likely to cause tooth decay. However, sugars in other food and drinks, such as juices and dried fruits can be high in sugar.
NHS dental care for children is free. You should take your child for regular dental check-ups as and when your dentist advises.
There is more information about how to care for your children’s teeth on the NHS Choices website.
Adults should also brush their teeth twice a day. For adults there are some extra causes of bad oral health – smoking, drinking and added sugar can all make an impact. You should aim to visit your dentist regularly so they can check your oral health.
More information on how to keep your teeth healthy can be found on the NHS Choices website.