Target Group: Primary School Families
Physical appearance is very important to us and is a reason to be very conscious in the first impression we make when meeting others. This can be reflected by one’s deliberate action to make an impact on another individual’s life. Nevertheless, one part that stands out the most is our teeth because they give us the power of confidence when communicating and expressing ourselves to others. For example, it can be showing a beautiful smile, engaging in a heated conversation within a group of friends or chewing an audible item. With teeth having an important role to play, it is important for to keep them healthy and clean.
Dental toothpaste plays a major role in this function since it contains fluoride, that protects teeth from bacterial infection that causes decay. It also preserves saliva in the mouth and minimizes the occurrence of dental plaque. It also assists in cleaning the mouth by minimizing unpleasant smell that is caused by tooth decay and less exposure to oxygen. Toothpaste also helps in preventing the loss of vital minerals from the tooth enamel. (Fluoridation Centre, 2009)
How to Read a Food Label
In a shopping mall, it is rare to find people taking their time to study the contents of food products. In most cases, people are either looking at the price or expiry date. Consumers are usually in a hurry to get to the queue while it is still short in a bid to reduce the waiting periods since the cashier also serves many other clients. In fact, most people prefer buying food passively instead of straining to read complicated statistics of food measurements located at the back of the food packets. (McCarthy, 2005)
Many people end up becoming obese or ill due to eating food that contains the wrong content. For example, a food product may contain an element, which the consumer’s body is allergic. As a result, the consumer ends up being hospitalized and spending more on treatment. Dedicating time to read food labels from a nutritional perspective to make an appropriate food selection contributes to a healthy diet.
Target Group: Older Adults
Diet and Dental Disease
Foods eaten are categorized into different types therefore the evidence left on teeth can be used to identify the type of diet that a person follows. Dental health depends on the type of diet followed. Nutritional foods have a role to play in the health and development of teeth because they contain essential elements that help in growth and prevention of bacteria. For example, Vitamin D and A aid in the natural tooth development. (Lindh et al, 2008)
The intake of diet that has high acid elements can also cause a tooth infection known as dental erosion, whereby the teeth structure is weakened due to the invasion of food acids. For example, the intake of soft and manufactured drinks including soda, concrete fruit drinks and alcohol may cause one to suffer from such a dental disease.
The risk of having dental diseases increases with a person’s age. This is caused by experiencing poor health at old age because the immune system becomes weaker. For example, as the elderly suffer from diseases, the treatment given might have side effects, which might cause harm to teeth. Poor dental health causes other common diseases. For example, if an old person looses some dentures, he will be incapable of eating some nutritional foods that are needed to fight these diseases (World Health Organization, 2011).
Oral disorders can also be caused by insufficient dental sanitation because of additions such as smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking causes discoloration of the teeth and inflammatory infections in the salivary glands. In the case of alcohol, heavy intake can cause irritation and pain in the gums and tongue hence causing slow recovery after tooth surgery. It also increases tooth decay and gum disease.
It is therefore recommended for people to follow a healthy diet when ingesting different food types to prevent severe dental consequences in the future. For example, foods with high sugar content should be avoided it increases dental risks of accumulating bacteria that leads to tooth loss. Besides, if one cannot do without sugar, he can choose to eat healthy foods that have natural sugar including fruits and vegetables. (Whitney & Rolfes, 2008)
If the food ingested does not have any nutritional value, it becomes impossible for organs such as tissues to have strong immunity towards infections and this plays a key negative role in loosing teeth. It is therefore very important to follow healthy diet tips such as avoiding eating snacks in between meals, drinking a lot of water and follow a healthy diet in order to maintain strong healthy teeth for a lifetime.
Benefits of Regular Dental Visits (or First Dental Visit)
Dental visits are very important in helping one to maintaining dental health. Aside from regular teeth requirements such as cleaning and flossing, dental check ups are as important in sustaining healthy teeth. People should consider dental health problems involved because of neglecting dental visits. For example, if a patient with an ailing tooth ignores the dentist appointment, the decay grows and gets worse to the extent that the tooth is removed.
Dental health is very important because it is connected with general health of other body parts and therefore maintaining it promotes overall wellbeing. Visiting the dentist is not such a bad thing after all because it also helps to prevent future tooth loss and infections that would cost money and time. It also gives people information about how they can maintain healthy teeth so that they do not have to go for appointments that are resource intensive. For example, recommending a patient to eat food that discourages tooth decay by staying away from sugary foods. Dental bacteria from gum infection can be a severe health threat because it can spread to other parts of the body. Failure in a patient to go for dental check ups can lead to more visits to the hospital.
For teeth to be strong and healthy, apart from eating and tight kinds of food and cleaning regularly, one should make an effort to have regular dental check ups. Risks involved are higher and more expensive as inflected by both monetary and health factors. (Master, 2002)
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