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How to take care of your teethHow to take care of your teeth

Using the correct toothpaste is only one part of taking good care of your teeth. And taking care of your teeth is worth doing so that you don't get gum disease or dental decay and have to have teeth taken out.

Brush your teeth
Brushing your teeth has to be done properly for it to remove the plaque that will be on your teeth. You should brush at least twice a day, using a fluoride enriched toothpaste. When you brush, do it for over three minutes and be sure to cover every part of your mouth. It’s also important to visit your dentist or orthodontist regularly.

You should remember to floss between your teeth also. Flossing is key for oral mouth as it gets rid of plaque and debris from the parts of your mouth that your toothbrush is not able to access. It might be a little painful if you haven't done this before, as the floss might lacerate the gums between the teeth. But this should end after a few times as the gum there becomes tougher.

The aim of brushing and flossing is of course to remove as much plaque as possible from the mouth. Plaque still on teeth can cause cavities to form which will need to be filled. Gum disease can result from plaque also and this is a greater cause of tooth loss than dental decay itself. Your gums will become swollen and inflame if plaque is left on the gum line of teeth. This inflammation can then spread to the bones holding teeth in place.

To help prevent gum disease:
  1. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Floss once a day.
  3. Visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning.
  4. Eat a well-balanced diet.
  5. Quit smoking. Smoking seriously increases your risk for gum disease.




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4. Water, sanitation, hygiene and diarrhoea

5. Eye health in developing countries





6. Training, curriculum development and the production of learning materials.


7. Writing books, manuals and general publishing

8. The Leeds Health Education Database

This is an ongoing research project to set up a computer-based data-base of evaluated health education /promotion interventions in developing countries. The initial stage has been completed with over 600 publications reviewed and 350 entered into the database. Further analysis of the entries is being carried out to develop a book on evidence-based health promotion to be funded by DFID.

Click on the appropriate word for: background details of the Leeds Health Education Database; a complete listing of entries in the database; and a listing of papers reviewed but not included together with reasons for their exclusion.

For full abstract fields with details of target group/country, intervention methodology, evaluation method and impact achieved click on the links:

AIDS & sexually transmitted diseases Nutrition education
Family planning and sex education Infectious/tropical diseases including malaria, TB, leprosy, dengue and Schistosomiasis
Maternal and child health/family health Eye health
Childbirth/safe motherhood Oral heath (dental health)  
Breastfeeding Environmental health including water sanitation and hygiene education
Oral rehydration therapy Chronic diseases (including cancers, heart disease, disability and mental health, substance abuse including alcohol/tobacco
Immunization uptake Miscellaneous including primary health care, use of lay workers, injury prevention, patient education and use of medicines
Acute respiratory infections Mass media
Growth monitoring Schools
  Patient education/ Health facility -based references cited in a manuscript submitted to Pateint Education and Counselling Jan 2009

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Dr Simon Hubley

Leeds Metropolitan University Civic Quarter Leeds United Kingdom LS1 3HE

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