Health & Safety

February 21, 2014

Tooth decay common disease in children

February: Children’s Dental Health Month

 

Capt. Melissa Parra, 56th Dental Squadron dentist, and her assistant, Karen St. Aubin, take an impression for a cast study Monday on Tech. Sgt. Daniel Pottinger, 944th Security Forces Squadron fire team member, at Luke Air Force Base.

At some point, most parents will experience having to say one of these common phrases to their children: “Don’t eat that; it’ll rot your teeth” or “You better eat that because it’s good for you.”

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children today despite the fact it’s almost entirely preventable. Parents want what’s best for their children and helping them learn to prevent tooth decay is a good way to show it.

Luke Air Force Base Dental Clinic staff members and organizations worldwide have recognized February as Children’s Dental Health Month. National Children’s Dental Health Month is celebrated during this time to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at a young age, along with regular dental visits, will help children to have a lifetime of good oral hygiene.

More than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth, and more than two-thirds of youth ages16 to 19 have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Although overall rates of tooth decay have decreased over the past four decades, decay has actually increased in preschool age children in recent years according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Performing good oral hygiene such as thorough brushing with fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, dental sealants and community water fluoridation are two other strategies that can help prevent tooth decay.

How do you reduce children’s risk of tooth decay? Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals because saliva production increases during meals. This helps neutralize acid production and will rinse food particles from the mouth. Limit snacks between meals. If your child craves a snack, offer nutritious foods like celery or apples. If you allow your children to chew gum, switch to a sugarless brand. Monitor their beverage consumption. Instead of soft drinks, allow children to choose between water and low-fat milk. To help children develop good brushing and flossing habits schedule regular dental visits.

Following these steps throughout the year will help prevent tooth decay and develop successful dental habits that will be used through the child’s lifetime. Get involved and help educate children and others to improve good oral hygiene.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DT_JTC0216

Supreme allied commander comes home

Gen. Philip Breedlove, left, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, right, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefed the general on Luke’s evolving mission to train F-3...
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

Command post chief averts potential disaster

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2, presented by Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander. Normandin took control of an F-...
 
 

You are what you eat

“You are what you eat.” This is a generic statement or a notion. It implies that if you eat healthy, you will be healthy. But how true is this in the world today? What we eat, drink, wear, drive and buy is often an attempt to construct a social identity. It lets others know who...
 

 

Knowledge equals power

The phrase “knowledge is power” is said to originate from Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Personally, I remember learning the phrase from the old television show “School House Rock” theme song. The key idea behind the phrase is the more knowledge you accumulate, the more “power” you will have. Here is a simple breakdown: knowledge...
 
 
Senior Airman
MARCY COPELAND

EOD Airman changed for good by life experiences

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Tech. Sgt. David Gerig’s, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief, first assignment after technical school was Kadena Air Base, Japan. The challenges in life are often w...
 
 

News Briefs September 19, 2014

CFC kick-off The 56th Fighter Wing Combined Federal Campaign kick-off charity fair is 9 a.m. Monday in Bldg. 1130 auditorium. Learn about the 2014 campaign ‘Serving Our Country. Supporting Our Community.’ and visit with local charities. For more information, call Maj. Jennifer Preyer-Bonton at 623-856-7144. Hispanic Heritage Month National Hispanic Heritage Month began Monday and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin