We developed these messages in order to produce our fabulous Oral Health poster. The poster is two sided and shows the 10 main message for children to learn and share on the front with what children can do, make and ask on the back.

  1. We get two sets of teeth. The first baby teeth fall out between 6 and 12 years. The second is our last and final lifelong set.
  2. We have two different kinds of teeth. Front teeth are for biting and back teeth for chewing and grinding.
  3. When teeth and gums are not brushed properly, germs grow in our mouth and live in something called ‘plaque’ that causes bad breath, tooth decay and cavities.
  4. Having teeth checked by health workers or dentists can help prevent problems and catch problems quickly.
  5. Tooth decay is painful. Eating and drinking sweet things cause children’s teeth to decay fast.
  6. Brush teeth properly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque, prevent decay and have strong, healthy teeth and gums.
  7. Give young children water or milk in a cup. Sugar in drinks like fruit juice and sodas cause teeth to decay.
  8. As the first teeth push through, brush baby’s gums and teeth at least twice a day with safe, clean water and a soft clean cloth. At six months, add a small squeeze of toothpaste.
  9. Imagine your mouth divided into four parts. In each one, brush at a 45-degree angle, from the bottom up, front and back. Brush the tongue. Spit, but do not rinse out the toothpaste.
  10. Fluoride is a chemical that strengthens teeth and prevents decay. Use toothpaste containing fluoride.

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