Teeth for life

Waitaki Herald - - CLASSIFIED -

In a bid to com­bat early child­hood caries, 2023 tooth­brushes have been do­nated to Otago kids via their lo­cal Plun­ket nurses at their five month check.

Col­gate has do­nated the brushes, along with 363 tooth­brushes to un­der­priv­i­leged fam­i­lies in the re­gion.

Child­hood caries are on the in­crease. Here are some things that can help.

Start brush­ing as soon as teeth ap­pear with a small soft brush.

Regular floss­ing can start as soon as two teeth are in con­tact.

Use a flu­o­ride tooth­paste with min­i­mum 1000ppm in line with the NZ Min­istry of Health guide­lines.

Diet is equally as im­por­tant as clean­ing in pre­vent­ing tooth de­cay. Limit sweet snacks and drinks to treats. Choose pro­tein rich snacks, veg­eta­bles and fruit.

Den­tal care is free for chil­dren un­der 18 years of age.

En­sure chil­dren are taken for regular check ups.

Breast milk is the best form of nu­tri­tion for in­fants.

It is im­por­tant not to bot­tle feed fruit drinks or sweet­ened drinks, as this causes acid at­tacks on teeth.

Blis­ter­ing boul­ders: Lor­raine Jami­son sent in this photo of an out­ing at Mo­er­aki Boul­ders in 30 de­gree tem­per­a­tures.

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