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Service Provided by:
At Home Dental

FAQs

Which toothpaste should be used at home?

When it comes to children under 3 years old, make sure that toothpaste has at least 1000 ppm (parts per million) of fluoride. For children older than 3, look for toothpaste with at least 1350 ppm of fluoride. This information should be easy to find on the labels of the toothpaste to help make sure you're getting the right strength.

What if a child isn’t complying with the sessions?

Brushing together can motivate children and get them excited to join in. Children will also be eager to show off what they've learned to their interested guardian or parent. We want children to enjoy toothbrushing time, so visit our website's resources tab for some great ways to keep them engaged. We've got a fun 2-minute toothbrushing song that they can enjoy while they brush!

When do we throw away toothbrushes?

We replace toothbrushes every term, but there’s also another way to tell if it's time for a change – check for bristles that are splayed out. If you see that, it's time for a fresh one. We also recommend that children sit at a table while brushing their teeth. This way, if the toothbrush falls, it won't land on the floor. If for any reason it does hit the floor, it's best to replace it.

What if there is an infection breakout?

When there’s an infection breakout, it's a good idea to get new toothbrushes for everyone. It’s also best to give the toothbrush racks and toothpaste tubes a good cleaning if they've been used recently. If you need replacements, please contact your facilitator who will be more than happy to help.

Should the children spit or swallow toothpaste?

We don’t really want children to swallow their fluoride toothpaste, so reminding them not to do so is the best way to ensure this doesn’t happen. After brushing, they can use a paper towel to wipe off any extra toothpaste from their mouths. A great tip for at home is that it's best if they don't rinse their mouths right after brushing. This way, the fluoride in the toothpaste can stay on their teeth to work its magic and ensure that teeth remain strong.

Is fluoride toothpaste safe?

Don't worry, the amount of fluoride in toothpaste is completely safe for children. Think of fluoride as a superhero for teeth – it helps protect them from cavities and, if you use it as directed, it’s safe for children.

How are SEN children supported?

We understand that not every child likes toothpaste. That's why we've got OraNurse. It's a toothpaste that doesn't foam up or have any taste, which is great for children with sensory sensitivities.

How long does supervised toothbrushing take to do?

Each session should wrap up in as little as 10 minutes. It’s super easy to fit into your child's day without causing much interruption.

What time of day should the children brush their teeth?

While it's not usually recommended to brush right after eating or drinking, schools can still make time for toothbrushing as part of their routine. It’s still important though, if you’re a parent or guardian, to ensure that children brush at home too. Evening brushing is very important as is brushing in the morning before school.

Check out these fun videos to help keep children engaged during toothbrushing sessions

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