10 things you should know about good oral health

Ageing Oral Health

It is important for us to know about good oral health. It is to make sure our oral health in better condition.
Read this 10 things you should know about good oral health :-

1) Tooth decay is preventable. It occurs when bacteria on teeth consume sugar to produce an acid that breaks down tooth mineral (demineralization). Fluoride use, good eating and feeding habits, good oral health habits and regular dental visits work together to help prevent tooth decay.

2) Tooth decay is the most common disease in children. It is more common than obesity and asthma.

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3) Head Start children, like many children from families with low incomes have more tooth decay and oral pain than children from families with higher incomes.

4) The bacteria that can cause tooth decay can be passed from this ways :-
– When a parent or caregiver puts a child’s pacifier in her mouth to clean it
– When a parent or caregiver shares food, spoons or forks with a child
– Whena child puts her hand in a parent’s or caregiver’s mouth

5) Eating and feeding habits play a key role in the cause of tooth decay
– Each time a food or drink is consumed, the teeth are exposed to acid for about 20-40 minutes
– If a child eats foods and drinks all day long, teeth will have acids on them for long periods, increasing the child’s risk for tooth decay.

6) Fluoride prevents tooth decay.
– The amount of fluoride toothpaste that should be put onto a child’s tootbrush is a smear for infants and children younger than age 2 years and a pea-size amount for children age 2 years and older.
– Childern should not rinse after brushing their teeth so that the small amount of fluoride in the toothpaste remaining in their mouth has more time to strengthen the outer layers of the teeth.
– Parents or caregivers should brush child’s teeth or help the child brush. Young children will want to brush their own teeth, but they need help until their hand coordination is better. Brush children’s teeth or help children brush their teeth until they are about age 7 – 8 years.


7) Parents or caregivers should clean their infant’s teeth and gums regularly with a clean damp washcloth or a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head made for infants. Infants should have their first dental visit by age 1 year.

8) It is safe for pregnant women to get oral health care.

9) If not treated, pregnancy gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss.

10) During pregnancy, women should eat heallthy foods including vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products, whole-grain products, lean meats, eggs, poultry, beans and nut.

Source :- Head Start National Center on Health

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