PHCC

Your Oral Health

Taking care of your oral health

Poor oral health can affect your quality of life. Oral health problems such as pain, gum bleeding and missing teeth, all can affect your physical, social and physiological well-being, and subsequently your quality of life.

Have your mouth clean (Home daily Oral Care):

Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

Avoid Brushing in wrong or hard way so your teeth and gum will not hurt.

Clean between your teeth by flossing every day.

Check your mouth regularly pay close attention to abnormal signs such as dark or whitish spots or gum bleeding.

Schedule regular dental appointments for routine checkups:

Oral health screening including teeth, gum and soft tissues is important to make sure oral health is optimal and detect early signs of oral diseases.

Regular professional dental cleaning to removes all dental plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) which might accumulate above and below the gumline

Lifestyle:

Watch what you eat and avoid frequent snacking on foods with hidden sugars like biscuits, chips and dried sticky fruit which can cause dental decay.

Stop unfavorable habits such as smoking.

Oral health care during pregnancy

PHCC Dentistry provide Oral and dental health care throughout pregnancy which is essential and safe. Improving oral health during pregnancy is a key to overall health and well-being, not only for expectant mothers but also for their babies. Scientific evidence found links between periodontal problems and complications in pregnancy such as preeclampsia and low birth weight of babies and stillbirth. Unfortunately, a high percentage of pregnant women do not visit dentist. Therefore, raising awareness of the importance of optimal oral health during pregnancy and the impact of oral diseases on pregnant women and baby’s general health is one of our goals.

During pregnancy, women are at higher risk of tooth decay and Gum inflammation for several reasons such as hormonal changes, increased acidity in the oral cavity, sugary dietary cravings, and limited attention to oral health. At the same time, evidence suggests that most infants and young children acquire caries-causing bacteria from their mothers. Reducing the transmission of such bacteria from mothers to infants, thereby delaying or preventing the onset of tooth decay.

Do you have swollen or bleeding gums, toothache (pain), difficulty in eating or chewing food, or other problems in your mouth? You must check with dentist and don’t delay your visit until after birth. A wide variety of Dental Treatment during pregnancy, is safe and can be done under cautions specifically in the second and third trimesters.

Access to PHCC pregnant women care:

Screening and Prevention:

PHCC provide continues dental checkup services for Pregnant woman in all its HCs through “Beautiful smile clinic”.Where comprehensive oral examination and preventative dental services are offered.

Dental And Oral Treatment:

Dental caries treatment is recommended and safe to be managed at any time during pregnancy . Delaying treatment may result in more complex problems.

During pregnancy, Gum inflammation is aggravated by hormonal levels change, so continuous checkup and monitoring and professional dental cleaning is mandatory and safe to be managed at any time during pregnancy.

Complex elective and prolonged dental procedures are generally deferred until after the pregnancy.

Oral health care during childhood:

Children are the future. Therefore, a substantial effort spent towards achieving optimum oral health for children. The statement articulates that every child should begin to receive oral health risk assessments by the first oral evaluation at age of one-year, our maternal and childhood programs take care of this and until age of 12, as oral screening and assessment is continuously provided as part of the Beautiful Smile Service.

Access to PHCC Childhood Oral Health Services:

Direct access by booking dental appointment in all PHCC healthcare centers.

School-based oral health prevention programs and Pre-school Screening approach.

Link to Maternal/antenatal, well-baby and Family medicine clinics approach through Beautiful Smile service.

Make sure that your child follows effective home care routine; brushing teeth twice a day, morning and night “before bed”, for two minutes each with soft bristle tooth brush and age appropriate fluoridated toothpaste.

Check your child's brush regularly and replace when the bristles start to wear out. Motorized toothbrush provide better cleaning in young children.

Watch your children diet:

Limit the frequency and amount of sugar intake and acidic food and drinks

Introduce more vegetables and/or fruit in each meal.

Limit consuming unhealthy snacks.

Drink water limit the consumption of soft drinks and juices

Regular dental check-up for comprehensive oral examination and preventative dental services such as Sealants; which are protective adhesive coating applied to back teeth to prevent decay. It's best to get the molar teeth sealed as soon as they start to come through.

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