Helping to reduce dental decay:

Further information about reducing dental decay from SIGN is available here


Reducing dental decay in the child

There are a number of ways to reduce the risk of tooth decay in children.  Further information can be found at:


  • brush at least twice daily, in the morning and last thing at night
  • use the correct amount of toohpase with age appropriate fluoride concentration


Dietary advice for teeth

  • Restrict foods containing sugar to mealtimes
  • Drink only water and milk between meals
  • Choose sugar free snacks e.g. fresh fruit, carrots, oatcakes


Acid Erosion

  • Avoid frequent intake of acidic foods or drinks - keep them to mealtimes
  • It is possible that sugar free juices and fizzy drinks can cause erosion of the tooth surface



Adults and Older People

Adults and Older People can reduce their risk of decay by brushing daily with fluoride toothpaste and limiting sugary foods .


For information relating to older adults in care homes. NHS Fife support the Fife Oral Health Care Award. All information about this programme including who is participating is available here.


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