It is really important at this stage to make oral health fun and interactive. Parents are very receptive at this age too - so use your power!

Children should still be having their teeth cleaned by an adult for 2 minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. A five year old is not competent to do this.

An adult should motivate the child and support toothbrushing until the child can brush their teeth effectively. Often children become despondent at this age so it is really important to re-motivate both child and parent.

Clean and healthy teeth make happier, healthy children.

It is important that you encourage parents to take their children to the dentist at this age to prevent treatment and encourage preventive dentistry.

Encourage the use of sugar free medicines.

Water and milk are the best drinks for teeth. Keep sugary drinks to mealtimes only.

Sweets and sugary snacks should be kept to mealtimes only.