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.