Oral Hygiene Habits

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Smile an Ever Lasting Smile Practice Good Oral Hygiene Habits to Protect Your Pearly Whites. A good set of teeth can add beauty to a smile and is a sign of good oral health. Oral health related issues are a concern for everyone in the world. However, while the infrastructure is available in Sri Lanka, due to the lack of awareness, most people tend to neglect their oral health. A good set of teeth is important for eating, talking and for building a person’s personality. By the time a child reaches the age of 3 years, most children have a set of 20 primary teeth. These teeth eventually fall, being replaced by permanent teeth around the age of 6, and a set of 28 permanent teeth would have erupted by age 13. The eruption of wisdom teeth later-on,…show more content…
Wickramasinghe stated that night brushing should be mandatory and that after brushing, one should not consume anything containing sugar, as it would not be healthy for the teeth. If children do eat or drink something after brushing their teeth, the teeth should at least be wiped. He also mentioned that parents should not give a feeding bottle to their infants at night, as the practice can lead to cavities. It is also important to use fluoridated tooth paste. At the Beijing Declaration in 2007, it was confirmed that fluoride is the most realistic method of reducing tooth decay. Fluoride can be introduced to the mouth in two ways. The first is if the person absorbs it into the blood through water or food, in which case, fluoride acts systematically. The second is through the toothpaste as a local action, adding a layer of protection to the teeth. In Sri Lanka, the water naturally carries a certain level of fluoride. Teeth can take a brownish hue in areas where there is an excess of fluoride in the water, as the fluoride is incorporated into the teeth. This discoloration cannot be removed. However, optimal levels of fluoride can give good benefits for good oral…show more content…
Apart from teaching them to brush twice a day, the programme also inculcates good habits such as washing hands before meals and after visiting the washroom, cleanliness, etc., in addition to physical exercise. Another programme focuses on the school children under the age of 13 years. A trained dental therapist stationed at the school dental clinic look after the oral health of the children and screens the children and provides treatments. A pain-free childhood is important for the child to properly focus on his education. While sugary foods and drinks give a momentary pleasure to your tastebuds, it can also lead to cavities or other teeth conditions that can cause acute pain. Therefore it is important to eat a nutritious diet, brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day and visit the dentist regularly. Learn to take care of your teeth from a young age and retain your teeth as a senior

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