Dental health

Tooth decay has a major impact on children’s health and wellbeing. Early Childhood Caries - often affects the upper front teeth spreading rapidly to other teeth and is related to the consumption of sugary drinks in baby bottles or sipping cups.

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To protect your children’s teeth:


  • Reduce both the amount and how often sugary foods and drinks are given to children
  • Breast feeding provides the best nutrition for babies. The best drinks for young children aged 1 to 2 are full fat milk and water. From 2 years old, semi-skimmed milk and water are suitable as long as the child is a good eater.
  • Don’t add sugar to weaning foods or drinks 
  • Aim to introduce drinking from a free-flow cup from six months of age and stop feeding from a bottle from 12 months of age

Tooth Brushing

  • Start brushing children’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears and supervise their tooth brushing until they are seven or eight years old. 
  • Brush children’s teeth twice daily, including just before bed, using a fluoride toothpaste.
  • From the age of three, use only a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, for younger children a smear
  • Brush for two minutes twice daily with fluoride toothpaste in order to remove plaque bacteria. Spit don’t rinse


  • Tap  water in Rutland is not supplemented with fluoride
  • Children aged over 3 should have their teeth coated with fluoride varnish by their dentist every 6 months. This treatment is free and available to all children

Dental Visits

  • Take a child to see the dentist as soon as the first tooth shows in the mouth
  • Children should be taken to the dentist regularly not just when in pain
  • Dental Care is free of charge up until the age of 18 if you attend an NHS dentist
  • Free NHS dental care for ALL pregnant mothers and for twelve months after birth
  • Use only sugar-free medicines. 
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