Oral Health Program
Prevention — the key to good oral health
The first steps to ensuring your child's oral health is taking care of your own oral health.
- Start early. It is important to maintain good oral health before, during and
after pregnancy. Research increasingly reports a possible connection
between periodontal disease and pre-term low birth weight. Practice good
oral health habits daily and visit your dentist regularly.
- Use fluoride. Toothpastes, mouthwash and water should contain fluoride.
- Use gum, mints, or oral health products containing xylitol. Xylitol helps
- Avoid using tobacco products. Spit tobacco use is related to oral cancers,
gum disease, and leukoplakia. Only one-half of individuals diagnosed with
oral cancer are alive five years after diagnosis.