When you were growing up, how many times did you hear the phrase “brush your teeth?” Parents are constantly reminding their children to brush their teeth and practice good dental habits. Good oral health includes taking care of your teeth, gums and tongue. When we do not practice good oral care we can develop problems such as bad breath, dry mouth, cold sores, thrush and tooth decay. Oral health is important because it has been linked to some diseases such as:
Nowadays dentists will examine babies’ teeth as young as 6 months, usually once they get their first tooth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. It is advisable to begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth.
Tooth decay or cavities occur when a tooth breaks down. Sugary drinks, sugary foods, and germs can cause tooth decay. Also, germs that cause cavities can be passed from one person to another via saliva. That is why it’s important for adults not to put the baby’s pacifier in their mouth, or share forks, spoons, cups or toothbrushes.
There are certain risk factors for getting cavities:
There are some things during the different life stages which you can do in order to help prevent tooth decay and preserve healthy teeth and gums:
Other important things you can keep in mind so you and your family have good oral health include:
Foods To Help Prevent Tooth Decay:
FOODS THAT INCREASE CHANCE OF TOOTH DECAY:
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