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Health Point: Your Healthy Teeth

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Your teeth are an important part of your body.
  • Your teeth help you in many ways:
    • To bite and chew food
    • To speak clearly
    • To smile at your friends
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Without good dental care, cavities could form in your teeth.
  • Cavities are holes that form in your teeth.
  • Cavities are caused by a substance called plaque that is in your mouth.
    • The plaque in your mouth makes acid when you eat certain foods.
    • The acid eats away at your teeth and forms a hole, or cavity.
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Anyone can get a cavity.
  • Cavities are very common.
  • If you have a health condition that makes it hard for you to move around, you may have a harder time taking care of your teeth.
  • For example, if you have cerebral palsy, you may have difficulty:
    • Moving around
    • Opening your mouth
    • Chewing your food completely
  • This could make you more likely to develop cavities.
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Cavities and unhealthy teeth can be very painful.
  • Having cavities and unhealthy teeth can make it painful for you to chew certain foods.
  • Over time, you could even lose some of your teeth.
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A healthy mouth should have:
  • Pink gums (gums are the part of your mouth that your teeth grow out of)
  • Gums that fit tightly around all teeth
  • Teeth that are white
  • Teeth that are shiny
  • Teeth that do not wiggle
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Some signs of an unhealthy mouth are:
  • Gums that are red, swollen or bleed
  • Dark and soft areas on the teeth
  • Teeth that have holes in them
  • Teeth that are loose
  • Teeth that are broken
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You cannot always tell if you have a cavity.
  • If you have a cavity, you may be able to tell by how your mouth looks and feels.
    • You may see a hole in your tooth.
    • A certain spot in your mouth may hurt when you eat sweet, hot, or cold foods or drinks.
  • Other times, you may not be able to tell if you have a cavity.
    • Your dentist can look closely and tell you if you have any cavities.
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If you think you have a cavity, you should go to the dentist.
  • Your dentist may treat your cavity in different ways.
    • If you have a small cavity, your dentist may be able to fill in the hole in your tooth.
    • If you have a larger cavity, your dentist may place a crown over your tooth to cover the hole.
    • If the cavity is very bad, the dentist may remove the center of your tooth. This procedure is called a root canal.
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You can keep your teeth healthy and prevent cavities!
  • To keep your teeth healthy and strong, you can:
    • Brush your teeth at least two times everyday
    • Floss between your teeth at least once a day
    • Visit your dentist at least every six months
    • Eat healthy snacks and avoid eating sugary foods between meals
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Brush your teeth to remove plaque and prevent cavities.
  • Brush your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed.
    • Try to brush your teeth after every meal and snack that you eat.
    • You should brush your teeth for two to three minutes and make sure to reach every tooth.
  • Replace your toothbrush every few months or when the bristles become bent and frayed.
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Use dental floss to remove plaque and food from between your teeth.
  • Your toothbrush cannot reach between your teeth.
  • To remove plaque from between your teeth, you must floss your teeth at least one time everyday.
  • Your dentist can show you the correct way to floss your teeth.
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People who support you can help.
  • If you need help to brush or floss your teeth, ask a family member or support provider for help.
  • If you have trouble holding a toothbrush or dental floss, your dentist may be able to give you a toothbrush or dental floss holder that will work better for you.
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Your dentist will help you keep your teeth healthy and strong.
  • Visit your dentist every six months.
  • Your dentist will:
    • Look for cavities that are starting to form
    • Clean your teeth
    • Show you the correct way to brush and floss your teeth
  • Tell your dentist if you are having any pain in your mouth.
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Eating healthy snacks can also help you to prevent cavities.
  • You should avoid eating sugary and sticky foods between meals.
  • Try to avoid things like candy, cookies, and soda.
  • If you do eat these things, make sure to brush your teeth!
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To find out more about healthy teeth, check out these websites.
  • Healthy Teeth:
    • http://www.healthyteeth.org
  • The American Dental Association:
    • http://www.ada.org/public/topics/alpha.asp
  • The California Dental Association:
    • http://www.cda.org/cgi-bin/htmlos.cgi/009045.2.327787408000004070
  • For brushing and flossing animations:
    • http://www.ada.org/public/games/animation/index.asp

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