Keeping your children's teeth healthy will help them to maintain clean and healthy teeth and gums and develop good oral hygiene habits they will need throughout the rest of their lives. Remember the most important thing is brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
A healthy and balanced diet is also important for every aspect of children’s health, including the health of their teeth.
Sometimes cost can be a barrier to eating healthily – a range of help to support children and families with the cost of living is available from the Scottish Government.
Further information about a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle
You should start brushing your child's teeth and gums daily the moment their first teeth grows in. Find out more about toothbrushing for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Fissure sealants are used to fill the grooves of the back teeth in order to prevent decay. Find out more about fissure sealants, what's involved and how long they last.
Fluoride varnish is applied directly to the teeth, and if applied twice a year has been proven to reduce decay. Find out more about fluoride varnish and what's involved in the application.
Healthy teeth for under 3s
Even if your child hasn't yet gained their milk teeth, it's the perfect time to start them on the path to good oral health. Find out more about healthy teeth for under 3s including teething, caring for your baby's first teeth, healthy snack ideas and much more.
Healthy teeth for 3 to 5 year olds
It's likely that your child will be starting school or nursery between these years and the foods they eat may change. As well as reducing sugar in their diet this is the age you can develop a toothbrushing routine. Find out more about healthy teeth for 3 to 5 year olds including tooth decay, healthy food and drink options and what happens at nursery.
Healthy teeth for 5 to 12 year olds
Between these ages you may start giving your child more responsibility around their oral health routine and diet. Find out more about healthy teeth for 5 to 12 year olds including the foods and drink recommended for healthy teeth, what happens at school and tooth decay.