View it in your browser FEBRUARY Newsletter 2020
 
Caring for your child's teeth
Early Childhood Caries are cavities that form in the teeth of any child between infancy and 6 years of age. The initial appearance of the cavity could be white spots near the gum line, which can develop into brown spots, holes or broken teeth. This condition can progress into a severe pattern of dental caries as it is an infectious disease and requires immediate attention.

Baby teeth play a pivotal role in the breakdown of food and the development of oral skills. Early onset damage or loss to a child’s baby teeth may result in the growth of crooked or crowded permanent teeth.

Cavities form when the sugars in food or liquid are retained and are converted to acids by bacteria which cause damage to the enamel. Other contributors include frequency of feeding, medication, and other medical and dental conditions.

Methods of prevention begin with habit formation practices of encouraging good oral hygiene. Some key factors are nutrition and consumption habits and general oral hygiene practices.

Nutrition & Consumption Habits:
  • A healthy, balanced diet is advised, in which starch and sugary products are minimal.
  • Moving from the bottle to the cup is important, as this reduces the pooling of liquid around the front teeth which causes bacteria to form on the residue.
  • Promoting routine meal time instead of at-will snacking/breastfeeding.
General Oral Hygiene Practices:
  • Using a cloth and water in infancy and proceeding to a soft toothbrush twice a day once the first tooth erupts.
  • Toothpaste can be used; however, the quantity should be about the size of a pea.
  • Refrain from immersing pacifiers in sweetened liquid.
  • Regular inspections and routine dental checkups are advised.
  • A child's first dental visit should be at the age of about 2.5 years when they have their full set of baby teeth. Thereafter , 6 monthly visits are essential to form a good habit and to ensure no development of early decay . Baby teeth are more susceptible to this as the tooth structure is quite soft.
How to make your own hand sanitizer
The new Coronavirus, Corvid-19 has been generating fear across the world including in Hong Kong. This has made most people rethink their hygiene habits, resulting in products like hand sanitizers flying off shop and supermarket shelves, no sooner than they are stocked.

Here we give you simple instructions to easily make your hand sanitizer at home. What’s more, you can customize the formula and use fragrances to suit your preferences, instead of the chemical scent of commercial hand sanitizers that most people find unpleasant. Commercial hand sanitizers are expensive, so you would be saving over the long term too.

Please visit https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Hand-Sanitizer to get more information. Hand sanitizers could even be lifesavers when you are on the move and can’t find a place to wash your hands.
 
 


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