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Kids must have Healthy teeth; Hilary

Over 60 Just Play kids listen carefully to the advices of the Good Health promoter at Kawenu field and wanted to brush their teeth everyday after the brief introduction of how to look after your teeth.
“Vanuatu needs your smile to attract tourism to Vanuatu and to have a nice smile means to have a clean and healthy teeth.” Said Garae.
Why are primary teeth important?
Children’s nice teeth give shape to their face, help guide permanent teeth into the right position in the mouth and are crucial for learning to eat and to speak. It’s important to care for them well.
Primary teeth have a thinner outer enamel (a thin, hard, white substance that covers the tooth) than permanent teeth. This makes them at risk for early childhood tooth decay, which can begin as soon as the first tooth appears. Decay is caused by bacteria and occurs more easily if teeth keep coming into contact with sweet liquids—such as formula, milk, juice, and even breast milk (which contains sugar)—and are not cleaned right away.
Early childhood tooth decay can affect your child’s health and cause pain, making it hard for her to sleep, eat or speak. It can also affect her ability to concentrate and learn. Children who develop dental decay at an early age are more likely to suffer from it throughout childhood.
Tips for good dental health from age 6-12 years old and for Just Play teachers, coaches and volunteers.
– Teach your child “2 for 2”, which means brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each.
– Encourage him or her to do some brushing with you completing the job, making sure that all tooth surfaces have been cleaned.
– For teachers or coaches-Be a role model by brushing your teeth at the same time.
– Begin using no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and teach them to spit rather than swallow.
– Wash your hands before and after brushing teeth.
– Rinse toothbrushes thoroughly after brushing and ensure that each one can dry without touching others.
– Replace toothbrushes every few months, when the bristles become flattered with use.
Use Fluoride toothpaste.
Today there are plenty of toothpaste choices: lots of colors and flavors to choose from, and some are made just for kids. People with great-looking teeth advertise toothpaste on TV commercials and in magazines. When you’re choosing a toothpaste, make sure it contains fluoride. Fluoride makes your teeth strong and protects them from cavities.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural compound that protects teeth from cavities. Many communities in Canada add fluoride to the local water supply. It’s also in toothpastes and mouthwashes.
Children who start using products with fluoride from an early age have fewer cavities than those who don’t.
How does fluoride work?
Fluoride helps prevent cavities and decay by coming in direct contact with the tooth enamel (the outside of the tooth).
But, if you consume fluoride from sources such as drinking water, it gets absorbed in your bloodstream. Then it becomes part of the enamel on the inside of the tooth.
If too much fluoride gets into the inside of the tooth, it can cause a condition called fluorosis.
What is fluorosis?
Fluorosis means a person has had too much fluoride. People with fluorosis have white spots or blotches on their teeth. These spots can stain or become dark.
Fluorosis usually happens during a child’s first few years when the teeth are forming. Most cases are mild.
Fluorosis is not a health problem, but it can be avoided.
Just Play program in Vanuatu is fully supported by the Health Promotion Department and the two parties have agreed to work together to develop good health to Vanuatu children.
Just Play is a social development programme funded by UEFA and the Australian Government through its agencies the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). It is being rolled out by OFC in partnership with Football Federation Australia (FFA) across the Pacific over a three-year period between 2009 and 2012.

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