Top 10 Oral Hygiene Points for Children Under Three.

  1. From six months of age infants should be introduced to drinking from a free-flow cup, and from age one year feeding from a bottle should be discouraged.
  2. Sugar should not be added to weaning foods or drinks
  3. Breast feeding provides the best nutrition for babies
  4. Parents/carers should brush or supervise toothbrushing
  5. As soon as teeth erupt in the mouth brush them twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste
  6. Brush last thing at night and on one other occasion
  7. Use fluoridated toothpaste containing no less than 1,000ppm fluoride
  8. It is good practice to use only a smear of toothpaste 
  9. The frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced
  10. Sugar-free medicines should be recommended

Reference: Delivering Better Oral Health: An evidence based toolkit for prevention.