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Good oral health is important no matter what your age.

Oral health tips

Brush teeth twice a day using a small soft toothbrush

  • Avoid using a medium or hard toothbrush as this may damage tooth enamel and gums.
  • Gently clean all surfaces of the teeth and along the gumline.
  • Skipping toothbrushing causes plaque to build-up on teeth. This causes bad breath and can make the teeth appear yellow.

Brush with fluoride toothpaste

  • Fluoride toothpaste strengthens teeth against decay
  • Spit out toothpaste, but don’t rinse after brushing to avoid rinsing away protective fluoride from the teeth.

Drink plenty of tap water

  • Make tap water the drink of choice. Tap water that contains fluoride protects teeth against decay. To find out if your community has water fluoridation ask your local council or dental practitioner.
  • Avoid drinks that contain added sugars (e.g. soft drinks, cordials, juice, sports drinks or energy drinks) as these increase the risk of tooth decay.

Choose healthy foods and drinks that are low in sugar

  • Eat a variety of different foods and avoid foods high in sugar to improve general health and oral health.
  • Avoid regular snacking on sweet or processed foods as this increases the risk of tooth decay.
  • Dairy-based snacks can be protective against decay. For example, rice-cakes and cheese or natural yoghurt.
  • Visit the Healthier.Happier website for recipe ideas that are good for teeth as well as general health.

Have regular dental check-ups

  • Don’t wait until there is a problem - regular dental check-ups are important to keep teeth, gums and mouth healthy.
  • Most children and teenagers in Queensland are eligible for free public dental care.

Wear a mouthguard when training for or playing contact sports

  • A mouthguard can minimise injuries to teeth, the jaw and surrounding tissue.
  • Accidents involving teeth and related oral tissue are very common. A considerable number of these injuries occur during contact sport.
  • Mouthguards that are custom made by a dental practitioner fit the mouth more accurately. They are recommended over ‘over the counter’ mouthguards.

More information

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Last updated: 5 April 2019