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									The Horrors
of Tooth Decay!
Bad dental health can be down-right spooky.
Nothing sends people running away screaming like smelly
breath.
So, during the month of October, follow these easy steps to
keep your fangs looking shiny and beautiful for years and
years to come.
                   The Basics
• Brush your teeth every day with a fluoride
  toothpaste
• Floss your teeth every day
• Snack smart – limit sugary snacks
• Get enough calcium
• Don't smoke or chew tobacco
• Wear the right protective headgear while playing
  contact sports.
Going to the Dentist
         • See your dentist regularly
         • Ask your doctor if your
           medicines have side effects
           that might damage your
           teeth. (For example, some
           medicines may cause you
           to have a dry mouth.)
          Brushing Your Teeth
• Gently brush your teeth
  on all sides with a soft-
  bristle brush and fluoride
  toothpaste.
• Use small circular
  motions and short back-
  and-forth strokes.
• Take the time to brush
  carefully and gently along
  the gum line.
• Lightly brush your tongue
  to help keep your mouth
  clean.
• Drink water throughout the
  day. Especially after eating
  sweets. It will help rinse
  sugar away from teeth until
  there is time for proper
  brushing.
• Brush your teeth before you
  go to bed to prevent tooth
  decay.
• Look inside your mouth
  regularly for sores that don't
  heal, irritated gums or other
  changes.
                               Sources:
Halloween Oral Help Tips
http://bigcountryhomepage.com/content/holiday/halloween/fulltext/?cid=48451

Dental Health
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/dentalhealth.html


Mouth and Teeth: How to Keep Them Healthy
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/prevention/100.printerview.html
     Submitted by Lauren Denson,
    University of the Incarnate Word

Supplement this bulletin board by passing out plastic
       vampire teeth to all of your residents!

								
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