Dental care is a nation-wide issue that, especially in children, is often overlooked. In Australia, nearly half of children six years of age have decay in their baby teeth. To minimise the possibility of pain, or procedures that would have been unnecessary given a healthy dental state, make sure your child’s dental care is up to standard. But what exactly is up to standard? What are the essentials for keeping your children’s teeth in a healthy state without going to excess? The answer is the 2x2x2 rule.

The 2x2x2 rulechild with healthy teeth smiling

A general rule that works due to both its simplicity and memorability is the 2x2x2 rule. The two major daily activities, brushing and flossing, should be done for two minutes twice a day. The dentist should be visited twice a year – yes, every 6 months. This is the most surefire way you can ensure your child’s teeth remain healthy. Most people routinely brush their teeth, but a lot don’t floss. While it’s importance may not be immediately apparent, the benefits, for a two minute a day activity, for both you and your child, are paramount.


Some people floss but many just haven’t added it to their or their children’s dental regime. However, given what it can do for such a short amount of time a day, every person concerned with prime dental care should add it to their morning, and evening routine. Here’s why:

Cleanliness – plaque can find a home in all areas of the teeth. About 40% of it resides where only flossing can remove it. Removing this will not only reduce your chance of further complications, but also ensure that your breath stays nicer, for longer, as well.

Youthfulness – gum disease is a terrible condition, and can unfortunately add years onto certain people who find themselves afflicted. One of the best ways to prevent against this is by flossing. So while there may not be any instant gratification in the act, approach it as you would any other activity designed to keep your body in top shape for the longest amount of time.

Dentist benefits for school children

Please contact the surgery on (02) 4868 1933 to see if your child or children are eligible under a dental benefits scheme.

Best Practice

To maintain good, healthy teeth it’s important to visit your Dentist for a checkup every six months, no matter what your age. Call Pain Free Dental today and make your appointment.

02 4868 1933