Children/Adolescents – General Information About Oral Health Care
Good oral health is important no matter what your age. Tooth decay is a leading cause of poor oral health in children and adolescent. Tooth decay is caused by plaque (a sticky film of germs and left-over food) that coats the teeth. If not brushed away, plaque uses the sugars in foods and drinks to make acid. Over time, this acid rots the tooth away, causing a hole. Tooth decay can cause pain and infection if untreated. Plaque also causes bad breath and red or bleeding gums, called gingivitis.
Contact us on 1300 300 850 to make an appointment for a dental check-up as soon as possible if you think your child has tooth decay or another problem with their mouth.
Try to make toothbrushing a positive experience. This may take patience and time to build into a positive routine for your child. Try one of the following tips for fussy brushers:
Try toothbrushing when your child is relaxed. If your child becomes upset or frustrated with brushing, try again at a later time.
Make brushing part of the daily routine. Brushing before bed is important to protect teeth from decay overnight.
Use positive reinforcements to encourage brushing. Try a brushing chart and stickers as reward or brush along to your child’s favourite song. Playing the Toothbrushing Song from Queensland Health can help make toothbrushing a fun event for your child.
Be a role model – let children see that brushing and flossing are part of your routine and encourage them to join in.
As your child gets older, allow them to practice brushing first, but ensure an adult follows up to reach the areas that might be missed.
Yes, but it is important to use the right technique and recommended toothpaste. Your dental practitioner will be able to give you appropriate advice.
Children need to be supervised by an adult when using an electric toothbrush to ensure they clean all surfaces of their teeth.
National Oral Health Promotion Clearinghouse and Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (2020), ‘Guidelines for use of fluorides in Australia: update 2019’, Australian Dental Journal, vol 0., p.1-9, doi: 10.1111/adj.12742
Metro North Oral Health Call Centre 1300 300 850
Mon-Wed & Friday: 7:30am-4pm / Thursday: 7:30am – 3pm / Closed on all Public Holidays
For more information www.health.qld.gov.au/oralhealth
If your child is experiencing facial swelling, and you are seeking care outside of normal office hours - seek emergency care at a hospital. In an emergency call 000
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