Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum:
Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Read more in our teeth cleaning guide.
Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth. Read more about why it's important to floss.
Have a healthy lifestyle, including eating well, not smoking and limiting your alcohol and sugar intake. It's good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums and mouth. Read more about why a healthy lifestyle is good for your teeth.
Start brushing a baby's teeth as soon as they come through. Here are tips on how to look after baby teeth, including the importance of avoiding sweetened foods and drinks.
Help your child have healthy teeth for life by having a good dental health routine. Read more about how to look after your children's teeth.
More and more teenagers (and some adults) are having braces and orthodontics to straighten their teeth. Find out about getting braces.
Have regular check-ups with your dentist. Don't put off going for a check-up. Detecting problems early can mean they're easier to treat. If problems are not treated, they may lead to damage that is harder, or even impossible, to repair. Read more about dental check-ups.
There are a wide range of dental treatments available. Some, such as fillings and root canal treatment, are readily available on the NHS. Others, such as cosmetic dentistry, are only available on the NHS in certain circumstances. Find out about dental treatments.
For information on who can get free dentistry, how to find an NHS dentist and what to expect from your dentist, see NHS dental services.
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