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Oral Health Month

Northern Health’s 2016 child health report revealed some shocking numbers related to our children’s teeth:

  • Dental caries rates in northern B.C. are among the highest in the province, with nearly one in five children showing visible dental decay.
  • Children in some areas of northern B.C. undergo dental surgery at a rate three times greater than the provincial rate.

The good news is that dental caries in our kids are preventable. Please take a few daily steps with kids’ teeth to contribute to a lifetime of healthy smiles!

Adult and child brushing teeth

Prevent childhood cavities:

  • Offer a variety of healthy eating choices, including fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, and nuts. Avoid sticky, chewy candy.
  • Limit sugar intake in snacks and drinks. Water is the best choice for thirst as fruit juices and pop have a very high sugar content. If treats are offered, it’s best they are given at meal time when there’s more saliva to help maintain an optimum pH level in the mouth.
  • Brush your child's teeth with a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste two times per day (morning and before bed). Introduce flossing to your oral hygiene routine.
  • See your dentist regularly.

Learn more from the dental health program and on the Northern Health Matters blog.

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