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for a Healthy Smile
your teeth two times a day
your teeth once a day
your dentist two times a year
a mouth guard when playing sports
put water in a baby's bottle at bedtime
an Affordable Dentist
go to the dentist for a check up at least once a year. Don't
wait until you have pain or problems.
What You Need
- Not all dentists work with
children. Read the ads in the Yellow Pages under Dentists to
find one that will accept children. Call them and ask if they
will accept Medi-Cal. If they won't, try another one. Each
dentist opens and closes to new patients at different times.
If you have
Medi-Cal you may be eligible for dental care under the
"Denti-Cal" program. If you currently have Denti-Cal
call 1-800-322-6384 to locate a dentist in your area or call a
dentist directly and ask if they take Medi-Cal.
You can also
call Denti-Cal if you have questions about what is covered or
have concerns about the dental care you receive. When
calling, have your social security number, telephone number and
street address available.
is also provided to low-income members of our community
through two nonprofit dental clinics. Dientes Community
Dental Clinic and Salud Para La Gente are full service clinics
that provide access to care for patients with Denti-Cal or those
who have no insurance at all.
- Invisible germs called plaque
live in your mouth all the time.
- Sharing toothbrushes,
utensils, cups, and pre-testing food can pass plaque.
- Plaque forms a sticky layer on
the surface to the teeth.
- When you put sugar in your
mouth, the plaque is able to convert it into acids.
- These acids are powerful
enough to dissolve the hard enamel that covers your teeth.
- Keep in mind that gooey or
sticky sweets spend more time sticking to the surface of your
- Because sticky and sugary
snacks stay in your mouth longer than foods that you quickly
chew and swallow, they give your teeth a longer exposure to the
- Every time you eat a sticky
and sugary snack the plaque acids continue to affect your teeth
for at least 20 minutes before they are neutralized and can't do
any more harm.
- The more times you eat sugary
snacks during the day, the more often you are feeding the germs
the energy they need to cause cavities.
- It is important to brush your
teeth well with fluoride toothpaste after you eat sweets.
- There are many tasty, filling
snacks that are less harmful to your teeth than foods loaded
with sugars and low in nutritional value.
- Eating the right foods can
help protect your teeth from the plaque and cavities.
Bean and Veggie Burritos
Whole Grain Crackers with Cheese
Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches
Cheese and Fruit Kabobs
Scrambled Eggs with Veggies
Bean Spread with Corn Tortillas
Apple and Tuna Sandwiches
Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach and Zucchini
Apple and Oatmeal
Top Pizza with Veggies
Tortilla and Cheese
Whole Grain Breads, Rolls, Cereals & Crackers
Mix Nuts and Dried Fruit
Broccoli, Celery, Carrots
Canned Fruits in Natural Juices
100% Unsweetened Fruit Juice
Health Web Resources
- Patient education materials
Childhood Tooth Decay
Low Cost Dental Clinics:
Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Resource Center: Dental Care
Smart for Healthy Teeth
Much Fruit Juice Not a Good Thing
Your Smile.com - Great information about children's