Using small circular motions, brush all sides of each tooth – front, back, top and each side - making sure you clean the gum margins. Start with the back teeth first – these are not replaced until your child is 10-12 years old, so they need the most attention.
After you’ve finished brushing your child’s teeth, help him up to the basin. Ask him to spit out any toothpaste left in his mouth, without rinsing. Rinse toothbrush, and place somewhere clean to dry.
A nutritious diet is essential to good dental health. Avoid giving your child sugary snacks between meals or sweetened drinks such as soft drink and fruit juices. Avoid giving your child a bottle of milk, formula or juice to take to bed. Always take the bottle away after feeding.