It is really important at this stage to make oral health interesting and how it relates to them.

Children should be cleaning their teeth for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Adults should motivate and check they are cleaning thoroughly.

Often children become despondent at this age so it is really important to re-motivate both child and parent.

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

Fluoride protects the teeth from bacteria. Fluoride Varnish and Fissure Sealants are available for free from an NHS dentist, this should be encouraged.

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.