Oral Health


The Oral Health Program is a state funded program that works to educate the community on healthy oral health habits and promote better oral health in Calaveras County.


The objectives of the program are to:

  • Educate the community on healthy oral health practices
  • Improve access to dental care
  • Decrease harmful oral health behaviors
  • Foster a positive oral health mindset

Dental Floss

Tooth Brushes

 

 

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Oral Health Documents

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    Test Your Oral Health Knowledge

    True or false, sugary drinks can harm your teeth?

    Answer: True

    Drinks like soda, diet soda, sweet tea, energy drinks, coffee drinks and sweetened juices can help feed germs that cause cavities.

     

    True or false, tobacco use can harm your teeth?

    Answer: True

    Tobacco use in any form can cause oral health issues such as cancer, bad breath, cavities, tooth loss, gum disease and stained teeth. 

    If you want to quit tobacco call 1-800-NOBUTTS.

    What is a dental cavity?

    Answer: A hole in your tooth.

    Plaque is a sticky film of germs on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods with sugars, the germs in the plaque make acids that attack the outside of your tooth. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the tooth can break down. This is when cavities can form. A cavity is a little hole in your tooth.

    True or false, cavities can be spread from person to person?

    Answer: True

    The germs that led to cavities can be passed from one person to another.  Keep your family healthy by brushing and flossing together.  Make sure everyone has their own toothbrush.

    What is the most common chronic disease in children in the US?

    Answer: Dental cavities

    Dental cavities remains the most common chronic disease in children aged 6 to 19 years old. Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma among youth aged 14 to 17 years.

    True or false, cavities are linked heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes?

    Answer: True

    The health of your mouth affects the rest of your body.  Keep your mouth healthy to keep you healthy.
     

    How long should you brush your teeth for?

    Answer: At least two minutes

    Brush your teeth for two minutes.  Make sure to brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

    True or false, keeping your baby teeth healthy will help keep your adult teeth healthy?

    Answer: True

    Baby teeth help make a pathway for the adult teeth as well as help kids chew, speak, eat and smile.

    How often should you floss?

    Answer: At least once a day

    Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gums.

    How often should you brush your teeth?

    Answer: At least twice a day

    Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day to help keep your mouth clean.

     

     

     

     

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    For more information about the Calaveras Oral Health Program:

    Contact Kelsey Holmes at (209) 754-6460 or KHolmes@co.calaveras.ca.us