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6 Months – 3 Years

  • Inside the mouth – Tooth development and eruption. Developmental anomalies – colour, shape, size.  Saliva, dribbling and teething. Early childhood tooth decay. Trauma –  what to do when the unexpected happens.
  • Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing – General health and development. Medication. Mental health – new baby, work and childcare. Dummy/digit sucking – options and management. 
  • Oral hygiene – Toothbrushing. Establishing  and supporting oral care routines. What to use – toothpaste and toothbrushes. Fluoride toothpaste – recommended fluoride level for age.  Tips for brushing the teeth of a small child. When to clean teeth and why this matters.
  • Diet and Nutrition – Weaning. Family meals. Selection and preparation of food/drinks. Mealtimes v Snacks.  Drinks. Fussy eaters. Eating/drinking at bedtime.
  • Professional dental care – Registration and first dental visit by first birthday.  Family dental visits – continuing professional oral care for all the family.

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