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Oral Health. Grades 6-8. Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Oral Health Program. Did you know that your teeth are meant to last throughout your entire life?. They sure are!. Let’s take a look at some of their functions…. How about chewing?. Can you imagine

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Oral Health

Grades 6-8

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Oral Health Program

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Did you know

that your teeth

are meant to

last throughout

your entire life?

they sure are
They sure are!

Let’s take a look

at some of their

functions…

how about chewing
How aboutchewing?

Can you imagine

trying to bite into

an apple or your

favorite pizza

without your front

teeth?

how about these
How about these?

Can you imagine

trying to swallow a

piece of meat without

chewing it up first?

ouch

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That’s what your back

teeth (molars) were

designed to do ---

“grind food” for easy

swallowing.

what about the way you talk
What about the way you talk?

That’s because

our teeth help us to

pronounce words,

by keeping our

tongue in place.

and the way you laugh
And the way you laugh?

Sometimes things

are funny, and we

just have to

laugh!

and smile
And smile…

Our teeth are veryimportant for not only smiling, but also for how we look and feel about ourselves.

what about the foods you eat
What about the foods you eat?

Do they include:

  • Grains
  • Fruits/Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Dairy
how about snacking
How about snacking?

Did you know that

sweet, “sticky”

snacks are harmful

to your teeth?

that s right
That’s right!

You see,

each day a thin film of

plaque grows on your

teeth.

This plaque contains

“germs” (bacteria).

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Each time you drink

a soda, munch on a bag

of chips or eat a candy

bar, the food (sugar) left

on your teeth becomes a

“meal” for these germs

(bacteria).

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They (the bacteria)

produce a harmful

substance called

“acid,” which

destroys

your teeth.

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Each “acid attack” lasts

about 20 minutes.

After repeated “acid

attacks,” your teeth

become weak, and a hole

or “cavity” is formed.

to reduce these acid attacks
To reduce these “acid attacks”…

Choose healthy snacks,

and have fewer snacks

or drinks that are sugary

or sticky.

Rinse your mouth

afterward if you are not

able to brush right away.

not only that but
Not only that, but…

These “germs” (bacteria)

create another problem…

They cause your gums to

become sore and bleed.

It’s called “gum disease”or

“gingivitis.”

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Did you know that

certain activities

and habits can harm

your teeth?

Huh? Likewhat?

contact sports
Contact sports…

So be sure to wear a

mouth guard and

protective equipment.

If a tooth gets knocked out,

  • do not touch the wound site,
  • keep the tooth wet in some milk or a

moist cloth,

  • do NOT rinse the tooth under running water, and
  • see a dentist within 30 minutes.
habits
Habits…

Don’t use your teeth to:

  • Cut things
  • Hold onto pens/pencils
  • Bite nails
  • Crack nuts
  • Crunch ice
  • Open bottles or hairpins
tobacco
Tobacco…

All tobacco products

are harmful, including

“chew!” They cause:

  • Stained teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Gum disease
  • Addiction
  • Mouth and throat cancer
oral piercing
Oral Piercing…

This new fashion can

cause some serious and

painful problems…

  • Chipped teeth
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Allergic reaction
  • Risk for diseases like hepatitis, tetanus and HIV

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Now let’s take a

look at how often

you should brush

and floss your

teeth.

Oh no, don’t tell me you forget sometimes…

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Brush for two minutes

twice each day with a

soft bristled toothbrush.

(Be sure to use a toothpaste

with fluoride in it!)

proper brushing
Proper Brushing

Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline.

Brushing only 2-3 teeth at a time, gently brush the outside, inside and chewingsurfaces of all your teeth.

Use short back-and-forth or circular strokes.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath!

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Oral Health Program

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Oral Health Program

proper flossing
Proper Flossing

Now, gently follow the curves of your teeth, sliding the floss up and down the tooth’s surface a few times. Be sure to go below the gumline.

Using your middle fingers, wrap about 18” of floss around them (but not too tightly).

Leave about an inch or two of floss between your hands.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Oral Health Program

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Oral Health Program

and to be sure your teeth and gums are healthy
And to be sure your teeth and gums are healthy…

See a dentist twice a

year for a dental exam

and professional

cleaning.

(X-rays will also be taken to look

for cavities and other problems.)

now that you know these facts
Now that you know these facts…

Take good care of

your teeth and gums

to prevent tooth decay

and gum disease.

And remember…

they were meant to

last throughout

your life...

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