Teeth and gums

Healthy teeth will last a lifetime.

  1. A good diet is important to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Make sure you and your whānau know what foods, snacks and drinks are healthy.
  2. It’s also important to brush your teeth in the morning and before going to bed. Use a fluoride toothpaste to help build strong teeth and floss regularly (daily is best).
  3. Visit your dentist or dental therapist regularly. They have special equipment and techniques for cleaning your teeth, and it’s cheaper to get problems fixed early.

Let’s Talk Teeth

 Find out more from the Ministry

Access information related to the Ministry's work in oral health:

  • Oral health – Information on child and teenage dental care; dental care guidance for caregivers of older people; and oral health resources.
  • Oral health data and stats – Statistical publications and data sets on oral health.
  • Fluoridation – What is fluoride, where does it come from, why water fluoridation is a safe, effective and affordable way to prevent and reduce tooth decay across the whole population.

In this section

  • Your child's first teeth will help them to eat and speak well, so it’s important that you look after your baby’s first teeth. Find how you can look after them. Read more
  • Advice on protecting yourself from tooth decay, tooth erosion and gum disease, and guidance on brushing and flossing. Read more
  • Learn about baby and adult teeth. Find out about looking after your child or teenager’s teeth as they grow. Read more
  • What to do for knocked-out, broken, chipped or displaced teeth and other mouth injuries. Read more
  • Fluoride helps protect our teeth by making them stronger and reducing tooth decay. Access resources that tell you more about fluoride and water fluoridation. Read more
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