Teeth for life
In a bid to combat early childhood caries, 2023 toothbrushes have been donated to Otago kids via their local Plunket nurses at their five month check.
Colgate has donated the brushes, along with 363 toothbrushes to underprivileged families in the region.
Childhood caries are on the increase. Here are some things that can help.
Start brushing as soon as teeth appear with a small soft brush.
Regular flossing can start as soon as two teeth are in contact.
Use a fluoride toothpaste with minimum 1000ppm in line with the NZ Ministry of Health guidelines.
Diet is equally as important as cleaning in preventing tooth decay. Limit sweet snacks and drinks to treats. Choose protein rich snacks, vegetables and fruit.
Dental care is free for children under 18 years of age.
Ensure children are taken for regular check ups.
Breast milk is the best form of nutrition for infants.
It is important not to bottle feed fruit drinks or sweetened drinks, as this causes acid attacks on teeth.
Blistering boulders: Lorraine Jamison sent in this photo of an outing at Moeraki Boulders in 30 degree temperatures.