Keep your child's smile happy
Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits help children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
help you eat
affect your speech
make space for your grown-up teeth to guide them into position
KEEP THEM CLEAN
Place toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against gums.
Move brush back and forth gently in short (toothwide) strokes.
Brush outer tooth surfaces, inner tooth surfaces, and chewing surfaces of teeth.
Use the 'toe' of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, use a gentle up-and-down stroke.
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Flossing: Flossing cleans between teeth
Break off a piece of floss as long as your arm.
Wrap the floss around one finger of each hand.
Hold a small part of the floss tightly between your thumb and forefinger.
Pull the floss gently into the spaces between teeth.
Slowly work the floss up and down from each side of the tooth and below the gum. Clean the sides of the
tooth by curving the floss around each tooth in the shape of a 'C'.
Visit the Dental Nurse
Even if you have healthy teeth, you should see your dentist twice a year.
At this visit, your teeth will be checked and cleaned.
Cleanings remove plaque and tarter build-up on your teeth
You will learn how to improve taking care of your teeth and gums with proper brushing and flossing instructions.
Eat foods that are good for you
Fruits, grains, vegetables, protein, dairy
Don't snack too much between meals
Cheese Raw vegetables Fruit Plain yogurt Popcorn Nuts Sugarless gum
Avoid chewing on hard objects like pencils, ice or candy that could crack a tooth or filling.
If you lose or knock out a permanent tooth, find it but don't clean it. Put it in a cup of milk and get to the dentist right away.
Protect your teeth with a mouth guard when playing sports.
Don't smoke or use tobacco products.
Limit sweetened drinks-soda, sugary juices and sports drinks.
A Lifetime of Healthy Teeth Starts Now
A healthy mouth helps to keep the rest of your body healthy
Kids don't have to get cavities. Most dental diseases are preventable if you take good care of your oral health.
Begin today with proper brushing and flossing, a healthy diet and regular dental visits. You'll be on the path to a healthy smile.
Jamaica Dental Nurses Association