Su­per­hero smi­les pro­ject laun­ched

Suid-Kaap FORUM - - Nuus -

HES­SE­QUA A pi­lot pro­ject cal­led Su­per­hero Smi­les was laun­ched by the We­stern Ca­pe Go­vern­ment He­alth in E­den, with the aim to im­pro­ve the o­ral he­alth of our com­mu­ni­ties, es­pe­ci­al­ly youn­ger child­ren.

The pi­lot, which al­so in­cor­po­ra­tes the com­mu­ni­ty he­alth wor­kers, was star­ted e­ar­lier t­his y­e­ar. Com­mu­ni­ty he­alth wor­kers and an o­ral hy­gie­nist vi­sit se­lected pre-schools on a re­gu­lar ba­sis to show child­ren the cor­rect techni­que w­hen brus­hing their teeth. Com­mu­ni­ty 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 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 non-flu­o­ri­da­ted a­rea

Ot­her o­ral he­alth ser­vi­ces of­fe­red by the WCGH in­clu­de o­ral ex­a­mi­na­ti­ons, cle­a­ning teeth and gums, tre­at­ment of pain and sep­sis, den­tal X-rays as the aid to di­ag­no­sis,

Brig­ht smi­les all a­round.

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