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Wellness Facts: Parents

Handwashing

Handwashing

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Hand Washing Awareness!
A healthy student is a better learner! And one of the biggest keys to good health is hand hygiene!
Expanding education to families and caretakers across society ensures that all children can obtain the
health benefits from proper handwashing, and society can obtain the productivity benefits of a healthier
population. This is a low-technology and accessible practice that can go hand-in-hand with other
programs to promote child well-being, such as nutritional support and parenting education (CDC, 2020).
Centers for Disease Control. 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/child-development.html

Germs are everywhere! They can get onto hands and items we touch during
daily activities and make us sick. Cleaning hands at key times with soap and
water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is one of the most
important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to
those around you.
The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness:
1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
2. DO NOT cough into your hands.
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands.
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth.
For more information, go to:
https://youtu.be/lPXDxMS_3XI
www.henrythehand.com

Dental Health

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 Dental Health

Poor oral health can have a detrimental effect on children’s quality of life, their performance at school, and their success later in life. Cavities are preventable and ensuring that students have the preventive oral health services they need in school is important in helping them stay healthy and ready to learn. 


National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 3, 1941. Over the years, it has expanded to a month-long observance. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Children’s oral health is linked to self-esteem, learning, personal expression, and overall health.

 

Tips for healthy teeth and gums:

  • Brush twice a day and floss daily. Toothbrushes should be changed 3-4 times each year.

  • Mouth rinse or chew gum after meals. An antibacterial rinse can help prevent decay. Sugar-free gum can increase saliva and neutralize acid.

  • Block blows to teeth. Wear a mouth guard during sports and recreational activities.

  • Don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco. Tobacco stains teeth and increases risk of gum disease and oral cancer. 

  • Eat smart. A well-balanced diet of whole foods -- including grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, and dairy products -- will provide all the nutrients you need.

  • Avoid sugary foods. Bacteria break down sugar into acid that can damage the enamel on your teeth.

Make an appointment. It is recommended to see your dentist every 6 months.
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