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NHA Dental Health Awareness Workshop Event

Friday, March 25th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Tubman Chavez Center (415 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114).

  • No-cost dental screenings (with NO AGE LIMIT!)
  • Fun parent/child activities
  • No-cost oral health workshops for parents/guardians, and a
  • Goody bag upon completion of activities!

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Medline Plus- Tooth Decay Update

Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

Oral health expert offers tips on preventing tooth decay

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By Robert Preidt

Sunday, February 21, 2016

SUNDAY, Feb. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There are a number of things parents can do to help their children enjoy a lifetime with healthy teeth and gums, a dental expert says.

Start by creating a foundation of a balanced diet, limiting snacks, and brushing and flossing each day, said Stephen Mitchell, director of predoctoral pediatric dentistry at the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Of course, regular dental checkups are also crucial.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among American children. It’s four times more common than asthma, Mitchell said. Consuming too many drinks with natural or added sugar can lead to tooth decay, he explained.

“Look at the nutrition label. If the calorie count is higher than 10 per serving, parents should be careful,” Mitchell said in a university news release. High-calorie drinks should be limited to one or two times a day, he advised.

Each day, children should have three balanced meals that include fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy. This will reduce their need to snack during the day, and lower their risk of tooth decay.

“Make sweets a treat. On a normal day, parents should limit their children to a combination of one or two sugary drinks, desserts or candies,” Mitchell said.

Misuse of sippy cups is another hazard.

“Tooth decay, especially ‘baby bottle tooth decay,’ is all about the amount of time a child’s teeth are exposed to sugars,” Mitchell said. “If you use a bottle or sippy cup, use it while the child is at the table for mealtime. Do not allow children to carry the cup around with them, and never allow them to sleep with it.”

Parents should brush their young children’s teeth for two minutes twice a day and focus on where the teeth and gums meet. It’s crucial to floss between baby or permanent teeth that touch together.

Parents should brush their children’s teeth until they are 6 or 7 years old, when they are coordinated enough to brush on their own. Parents should do an inspection after children brush their teeth.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

SOURCE: University of Alabama at Birmingham, news release, Feb. 1, 2016

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It’s Preteen Vaccine Week!

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Preteen Vaccine Week (PVW) is February 7-13, and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency urges parents to make sure their preteens are immunized against these serious diseases like HPV (Human papillomavirus), meningitis, flu and pertussis (whooping cough).

PVW is a part of Live Well San Diego, a countywide initiative to improve the health and well-being of our community. One strategy for Live Well San Diego is to Support Positive Choices. When people choose to get immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, they build better health in their community, contributing to the Live Well San Diego vision of a Healthy, Safe and Thriving San Diego County. 

Oral Health Providers can help promote the importance of the HPV vaccine…

  • HPV vaccine is cancer prevention. Protect your preteen today. Learn more: #PreteenVax
  • There’s a new cancer epidemic on the rise. It’s an aggressive throat and mouth cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Each year, in the U.S., about 9,000 people are diagnosed with cancers of the oropharynx that may be caused by HPV. Cancers of the oropharynx are about four times more common in men than women.





San Diego County Oral Health Coalition Meeting

Friday, January 22, 2016 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at the
County Operations Center
5530 Overland Ave., Training Room 124
San Diego, CA 92123

Vision: Achieving optimal oral health for all San Diego County residents.
Mission: To improve oral health across the lifespan by achieving health equity through education and access to quality dental services.