Oral he­alth for su­per­hero smi­les

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus -

Ex­tra emp­ha­sis was pla­ced on smi­les and hap­py teeth in Sep­tem­ber as part of oral he­alth month, which in­clu­ded te­a­ching the cor­rect and re­gu­lar ca­re of your own teeth as well as that of youn­ger child­ren.

We­stern Ca­pe go­vern­ment he­alth in E­den has laun­ched a pi­lot pro­ject cal­led Su­per­hero Smi­les, with the aim to im­pro­ve the oral he­alth of our com­mu­ni­ties, es­pe­ci­al­ly our youn­ger child­ren. The pi­lot was star­ted e­ar­lier t­his ye­ar.

Com­mu­ni­ty he­alth wor­kers and an oral hy­gie­nist vi­sit se­lected pres­chools on a re­gu­lar ba­sis to show child­ren the cor­rect techni­que w­hen brus­hing their teeth. The he­alth wor­kers then do fol­low-up vi­sits at ho­me to en­s­u­re that good oral hy­gie­ne is practi­sed both at s­chool and at ho­me.

Te­a­chers and pa­rents are al­so e­du­ca­ted a­bout the im­por­tan­ce of good oral hy­gie­ne to pre­vent tooth de­cay and gum di­se­a­se. The de­part­ment sup­plies toot­hbrus­hes and toot­h­pas­te for e­ach c­hild.

As with all he­alth mat­ters, good oral he­alth can­not so­le­ly be a­chie­ved by the pro­vin­ce. It needs e­ach com­mu­ni­ty mem­ber and pa­rent to ta­ke re­spon­si­bi­li­ty for their own and their child­ren’s oral he­alth.

Daily pre­ven­ti­ve ca­re, in­clu­ding proper brus­hing and flos­sing, will help stop pro­blems be­fo­re they de­ve­lop and it is much less pain­ful, ex­pen­si­ve and wor­ri­so­me than tre­a­ting con­di­ti­ons that ha­ve been al­lo­wed to progress.

In be­t­ween re­gu­lar vi­sits to the den­tist, the­re are sim­ple steps that e­ach of us can ta­ke to gre­at­ly de­cre­a­se the risk of de­ve­lo­ping tooth de­cay, gum di­se­a­se and ot­her den­tal pro­blems. The­se in­clu­de:

Brus­hing tho­roughly twi­ce a day and flos­sing daily.

Ea­ting a ba­lan­ced diet and li­mi­ting snacks be­t­ween me­als.

U­sing den­tal pro­ducts that con­tain flu­o­ri­de, in­clu­ding toot­h­pas­te.

Rin­sing with a flu­o­ri­de mouth rin­se if your den­tist tells you to.

Ma­king su­re that your child­ren un­der 12 y­e­ars drink flu­o­ri­da­ted wa­ter or ta­ke a flu­o­ri­de sup­ple­ment if they li­ve in a non­flu­o­ri­da­ted a­rea.

Ot­her oral he­alth ser­vi­ces of­fe­red by the pro­vin­ce in­clu­de:

Oral ex­a­mi­na­ti­ons.

S­ca­le and po­lish (cle­a­ning teeth and gums). Tre­at­ment of pain and sep­sis (drai­ning of abscess, an­ti­bi­o­tic pres­crip­ti­on, etc.).

Den­tal X-rays (bi­te­wings) as aid to di­ag­no­sis.


Ba­sic fil­lings (one to four sur­fa­ces) Pre­ven­ti­on (e­du­ca­ti­on, brus­hing, fis­su­re se­a­lants, flu­o­ri­de). – Sup­p­lied

* Con­tact your ne­a­rest cli­nic to find out a­bout den­tal ser­vi­ces in your a­rea.

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

It was brig­ht smi­les all a­round at Siy­a­fun­da crè­che in Knys­na w­hen vi­si­ted by the den­tal he­alth te­am re­cent­ly.

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