ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION: Equally Important To The Basic Education

by Sakshi Patkar
ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION
Besides the basic education young ones have in our higher and secondary classes, they must also have the education about oral health. The aim of education is to impart knowledge on the causes of disease and decay of the teeth and periodontium, on the ways and possibilities of disease prevention and adequate treatment; to point out to the necessity of proper nutrition, regular and proper oral hygiene, proper use of fluoride products as well as to the significance of regular check-ups with a dentist,in case when it seems necessary.
Oral health
According to World Health education,
Through oral health, the overall health, well being, education, and development of children, families, and communities are enhanced.
Benefits of oral health education
•Create a Healthy Public
It forms a basis for justifying policies and decisions to increase such support of imparting oral health education.
•Develop Supportive Environments
 Physical, psychological and social enhancements to schools and community environment to promote oral health and well being.
•Strengthen Community Actions
•Develop Personal Skills
skill children and young people need to develop and maintain to adopt healthy lifestyles
BASIC ORAL HEALTH CARE
1-NUTRITION: 
NUTRITION
Frequent intake of carbohydrates leads to a higher prevalence of caries. though it is impossible to completely eliminate glucose from the nutrition components, it is necessary to advise parents and children to take glucose (if possible) only along with the regular meal when the saliva flow is increased.
2-ORAL HYGIENE:
 In order to establish oral hygiene as an important prophylactic measure influencing successful protection of oral health of the whole population, it is important to develop the habits of regular oral hygiene maintenance in the youngest children as well as to refer them to the use of most adequate paraphernalia and agents for performing the daily oral hygiene procedures.
3- FLUORIDE PROPHYLAXIS:
FLUORIDE PROPHYLAXIS
fluoride is currently the most efficient agent for the prevention of dental pathology. The anticaries efficacy of fluoride can occur in the dental surface or directly influence the mineral phase in the enamel. Each dental hygiene preventive program must include the content about the use of fluoride as basic care.
Regarding the high prevalence of caries in children, the issue of prophylaxis is of great significance and current interest. In that respect, health education should point out the significance of proper nutrition, regular oral hygiene, d fluoride prophylaxis, all aimed at preventing dental diseases.
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