Dental Tips for Toddlers and Children

Age of Child
2 – 3 years
  • Full set of baby teeth (20) present.
  • Start using a small amount (smear) of low fluoride toothpaste. Parents to continue dry brushing first.
  • Continue regular dental check-ups.
4 – 5 years
  • Parents to floss back teeth where they touch together.
  • Check with dentist about the need for fissure sealants.
6 – 11 years
  • Daily fluoride mouthwash (60 seconds) at night (from 6 years of age or first permanent tooth).
  • From 8 years – child can do more brushing themselves with adult supervision.
  • Fissure seal 6 year molars.
  • Check with dentist if any crowding/orthodontic concerns.
12 + years
  • All baby teeth usually gone + 12 year molars present (2nd permanent molars).
  • Ensure children brush and floss their own teeth daily.
  • Watch for deterioration in diet and oral hygiene due to peer pressure etc.
  • Fissure seal 12 year molars.
  • Continue regular dental check-ups – especially if they have orthodontic appliances.