Dental Hygiene Fight Against Tooth Decay
Tooth Decay • Did you know germs live inside your mouth? • Some of these germs gather together and form a sticky, invisible coating called plaque. • The plaque sticks to your teeth and gums.
Tooth Decay • Unless you remove it, the plaque will attack your teeth and cause decay!
Tooth Decay • When you eat, the plaque mixes with sugar in the food to form an acid. • This acid eats through the outside of your tooth, causing a hole. • The hole, or cavity, can get bigger!
Tooth Decay • If the cavity is not filled, the decay will continue. • When the cavity reaches the nerve inside of your tooth, you feel pain. • Red inside tooth is the nerve.
Fighting Tooth Decay • How can you fight plaque? • Brush AND floss your teeth every day!
Fighting Tooth Decay • How else can your fight plaque? • Visit your dentist regularly! • And, of course, make sure you don’t eat too many sugary snacks!
Questions…. What is the sticky, invisible coating that germs make inside your mouth called? PLAQUE
More Questions! How do you get a cavity? Not brushing your teeth daily. NOT brushing at all! Eating too many sugary snacks.
What can we do to fight plaque? Let’s see what a dentist has to say…
Super Dental Habits! • Eat a healthy diet! • Foods high in calcium such as cheese, yogurt, and milk are especially important for keeping your teeth strong and healthy. • Eat well-balanced meals and few sugary foods to avoid cavities.
Super Dental Habits! • Keep your teeth clean! • Brush your teeth at least two times a day. • Floss at least once a day. • These practices remove food particles and plaque from your teeth.
Super Dental Habits! • Don’t forget about those dental check-ups! • Visit your dentist at least once a year. • With regular appointments, your dentist can recognize dental problems and treat them before they cause serious damage!
One last thing… Timmy the Tooth says “Here’s a great song to sing so you don’t forget how important it is to brush daily!” Brush, brush, brush your teeth Brush them everyday ????? It keeps the germs away!