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To whom it may concern, We, the Kick Kavaties team, have put together this PowerPoint presentation to give you statistics and information on oral health care, and ways of improving oral health in your school! If possible we would love to attend an assembly to present to the children about oral health, its importance, and encourage the children to get involved and into the habit of looking after their teeth. We encourage Parents, and other family members to come along, and we will have the school dental nurse with us available to answer any questions and make her-self known to the kids. It is an exciting and educational presentation and we hope we will be able to present it to your school in the near future! Looking forward to hearing from you, Sincerely The Kick Kavaties Team, Heather, Katie, Alida, Angela and Monique
The government funds approximately $100 million per annum. Free Oral health care up to 18 years of age.
In 2004, Less than 52% of 5 year olds were free of decay This means that OVER 47% OF 5 YEAR OLDS IN NEW ZEALAND HAVE TOOTH DECAY! And in some areas less than 25% are free of decay! THIS MEANS OVER 75% OF 5 YEAR OLDS HAVE TOOTH DECAY IN SOME NZ AREAS!! http ://www.about-portlandor.com/wp-content/uploads/badTeeth_3.jpg
Underlying this are major inequalities in oral health between groups. Children of Maori or Pacific ethnicity, who are from low-income backgrounds, or who live in rural or non-fluoridated areas all have poorer oral health in comparison to other groups. http:// emergencygadget.com/blog11/wp-content/plugins/2007/03/Dr.tooth.jpg
The New Zealand Primary Health Strategy acknowledges the special relationship between Maori and the Crown under the Treaty of Waitangi. A health objective in the strategy is to Improve Oral Health. http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/1819458/2/istockphoto_1819458_tooth_cartoon.jpg
Indicator Maori Total NZ Fluoridated supply Non-fluoridated supply Fluoridated supply Non-fluoridated supply Mean no. of missing or filled teeth at 5 years, 2003 3.00 4.90 1.50 2.60 Caries-free at 5 years, 2003, percent 42.20 23.80 61.70 45.40 Mean no. of missing or filled teeth at Year 8, 2003 1.90 2.70 1.40 1.80 Caries-free at Year 8, 2003, percent 37.00 27.70 51.70 39.60
A health objective in the New Zealand Primary Health Care Strategy is to IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH http:// www.co.jackson.mi.us/HD/images/SmileyBrushing.gif
When you eat sugary foods and starch (carbohydrates) you are putting your teeth at risk of tooth decay.
Most foods that are sweet contain sugar such as lollies, chocolate, fizzy drinks (they contain 10 teaspoons of sugar!
After eating sugar the resulting acid can attack our teeth for up to 20 minutes.
People tend to ignore natural sugars such as those found in fruits etc. These sugars also attack the teeth.
Eat lots of Dairy products such as milk, milk products, yoghurt, and cheese. These contain calcium which gives teeth and bones the essential nutrients that they need to become healthy and strong. http://www.healthyteeth.org
Having straight teeth is an important part of good oral health care. They affect your speech, smile, the way we chew and also due to the way crooked teeth are spaced they can be difficult to clean and cause cavities.
crooked teeth can affect the way the jaws line up and can cause pain and discomfort.
One method to correct this is to have Orthodontic treatment (or braces and retainers as they are sometimes called). Orthodontic treatment works by exerting a gentle pressure over time to straighten teeth that are growing, or have already grown, out of place.
Our teeth are not like sharks. We have only 2 sets in our whole life. That is why we have to look after ours! www.mchenrycountyblog.com
It can be a scary experience going to the dentist. Even though older students jokingly refer to the dental clinic as the “murder house” the dental nurse will dispel any fears by talking to everyone about the procedures that can be expected. At the school we have joined up with, the dental nurse will give a speech and a guided tour of the clinic where students can look at and touch some of the instruments.
At the school we have teamed up with, we have discussed the implementation of a reward system. This would involve having a sticker chart up in the classroom and when the children came to school in the morning, if they brushed their teeth they got a sticker on the poster. When the chart is full the children get a reward such as a novelty or small toy.
There are many toothpastes around. The best toothpaste is one containing fluoride to remove plaque.
Flavoured toothpaste- Some mint flavoured toothpaste is too strong for children and they don’t like the taste. Brands such as Colgate offer flavoured sugar-free kids toothpaste like strawberry and watermelon.
Oral health has major impact on children physically and psychologically. It can have impact on growth, enjoying life, appearance, how children speak, chew, taste food and socialize, as well as their feelings of social well-being .
Dental health problems affect children, which impacts their performance as students, lowers self-esteem, and slowing their personal development. Failure to prevent dental diseases has a large effect on school attendance.
Oral health affects children in many ways and has great effect on their education, everyday activities, making friends and interacting with others.
Social interactions and relationships can be influenced by appearance. From children having severe tooth decay, gum diseases etc causes other children to interact differently. They find it hard to talk and make friends because of the appearance of their mouths. Some children are scared of others because of how their teeth look. Appearance of children’s teeth affect their social interactions and relationships.
Encouragement from parents, caregivers, teachers, adults, brothers, sisters and children themselves have great influence on oral health. If everyone starts to encourage and help others around them that taking care of your teeth and encourage big white smiles children of all ages will benefit.
This little man Brandon is 2 years old and even doing his part to help increase oral health for children. He helps to remind his family to brush their teeth and encourages his younger sister who is only 1 year old.
He is the new face of the starship hospital project and is helping to get all children involved and excited about brushing teeth and looking after their smile. If Brandon can do it then you can too!!!
Brandon Ieremia is the first Starship patient to get a free toothbrush http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10507252
There are even great Songs Rhymes and stories to help encourage brushing teeth. And not to mention the tooth fairy who supports children to keep your teeth looking beautiful, clean and a great looking smile. Remember your teeth last a life time so you want them looking good.
REMEMBER TO BRUSH AND FLOSS TWICE A DAY!!!!! http://www.emofaces.com/wallpaper/1024x768/smile.gif
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