Dental Care

As childcare workers, we play an important part in children’s oral health. By teaching children easy steps to proper oral care, they will have taken the first steps towards a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Eating a balanced diet, helps keep their mouth and teeth as well as their body healthy. To decrease chances of cavities children should limit frequency of snacking of sugary foods. Children at out centre are offered healthy snacks such as unsalted popcorn, fruit, carrots etc. After every meal, a drink is provided and children are encouraged to rinse their mouths. You will find some information in our parent rack.

About Fluoride

(Source:  Australian Dental Association)

Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and protects against decay. Most capital cities in Australia add fluoride to the water supply at recommended levels. Your dentist can tell you if your local water supply is fluoridated.


Bottled water usually does not contain enough fluoride to offer protection against tooth decay. Some home water filters remove fluoride from tap water. Storagetank water does not contain fluoride. If your child drinks the majority of their water from bottled or filtered water or tanks, then talk to your dentist about your child's individual fluoride needs. If necessary, the dentist can apply 'topical' fluoride to their teeth, which has been proven to reduce childhood tooth decay.


Too much fluoride while teeth are developing can cause mild mottling of permanent teeth known as enamel fluorosis. A young child who regularly swallows adultstrength fluoride toothpaste instead of spitting it out may develop enamel fluorosis. To avoid dental fluorosis:


1.  Do not use fluoride toothpaste in children under 18 months of age


2.  Choose a low-fluoride toothpaste for children 18 months to six years of age.  Apply only a smear to the toothbrush and force it into the bristles


3.  Ensure your child spits out the toothpaste after brushing


4.  Store all toothpastes out of your child's reach. Some children love the taste of toothpaste and will eat it if given the opportunity

Dental checks - 0 to 6 years

Children should have an oral health assessment by the age of two years. Everyone has different dental needs and risk levels, which should decide the frequency of check-ups. Talk with your dentist or oral health professional about your child' s risk level and how often they need to visit for an oral health check.

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