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Alice Maffett, RN

Bourbon County
Public Health Hurse

“Ask a Nurse”

Feb. 2019

National Children’s Dental Month

Q: Why have a dental health month?

A: The American Dental Association (ADA) wanted to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

Q: Why is the big deal about oral health?

A: Oral health is important to your health. Poor oral health can contribute to various diseases and conditions including- endocarditis (infection of the inner lining of your heart), heart disease and periodontitis.

Q: So how does taking care of your teeth help?

A: Taking care of your teeth helps prevent plaque, which is a clear film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth.

Q: How often do children need to brush their teeth or keep them health?

A: Ways to have good oral health is to: brush at least twice a day and learn to floss your teeth, visit a dentist twice a year, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and drink water instead of soda/pop.