Oral health for 5 to 12 year olds
Your child’s oral health and nutrition is important for their general health, mental, social and educational development and wellbeing.
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To encourage healthy eating, it is important to reduce overall snacking and concentrate on providing healthy family meals. However, children need energy as they grow to develop and keep them active.
Young children have small appetites and need regular meals with snacks in between and do need some full fat foods in their diet. Childsmile has put together some ideas to help you provide a variety of healthy safe snacks for both you and your children to enjoy at home and at school or play.
Dried fruit and fresh fruit juice can be counted as one portion each of your 5-a-day fruit and vegetables. However, they contain hidden sugars and are best taken at mealtimes.
Your child will also be receiving fluoride varnish at least twice a year in dental practices and in some schools a further two applications.
- Find out more about going to the dentist with your child.