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Dental Health. By Sankeisha Scroggins. Learning Outcomes You will... Learn why caring for your teeth is important Be able to describe how to keep your smile healthy and bright Name and describe foods that are good for your teeth and those that cause tooth decay.

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Dental Health

By Sankeisha Scroggins


Learning Outcomes

You will...

Learn why caring for your teeth is important

Be able to describe how to keep your smile healthy and bright

Name and describe foods that are good for your teeth and those that cause tooth decay


Why Our Teeth Are Important

 Right now, you have 20 baby teeth.

 By the time you are about 18 years old,

you will have 32 adult teeth.

 Eventually, you will lose your baby teeth. They will be replaced by your adult teeth.

 Your adult teeth will be permanent. You will not get another set. So, you must take very good care of your teeth.


Brushing and Flossing

  • Brushing helps remove plaque from your teeth.

    • Plaque is a sticky coating on your teeth that is caused by bacteria and food particles.

    • If left on your teeth, it can cause cavities.

      • We should brush our teeth after every meal or at least twice a day.

  • Flossing helps to remove food and plaque from between teeth - areas that your brush cannot reach.

  •  You should floss at least once a day.


Eating Healthy

 Eating “tooth friendly” foods can also help keep your teeth in great shape!

 Milk and foods made from milk make your teeth strong. They are rich in calcium.

 Fruits and vegetables are also healthy for your teeth.


Foods That Are NOT

“Tooth Friendly”

 Some foods are not “tooth friendly”. These foods contain a lot of sugar.

 Sugary foods cause plaque to build up on your teeth. This plaque can cause cavities.

 You should avoid foods that have a lot of sugar and foods that stick to your teeth.


Tooth Decay

  • If we do not care properly for our teeth, we may get cavities.

  • Cavities are holes in teeth caused by plaque.

  • Often, cavities are very painful.


References

References

www.health.harvard.edu

http://www.healthyteeth.org/cavities/cavities.html

http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=152&id=1474#3


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