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Be a Good Example
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Other people like to watch what you do before they try something different. First show members of your family and then they will be an example to others in your community. For example:
Instead of buying all your foods from the store, buy fresh fruits and vegetables from the market. It is even better to grow food in your own garden.
- Do not buy fizzy drinks like Coca-Cola or Fanta. They have a lot of added sugar which quickly makes children's teeth rotten.
Also, do not sweeten your child's milk or tea.
When she is young she can learn to enjoy drinks that are not sweet.Clean, cool water, tea with little sugar, milk, or water from a young
coconut are best to drink. Fresh fruits are delicious when you are thirsty.
- Keep your children's teeth clean. Your friends will notice clean teeth or teeth that are dirty or have cavities. Remember, clean teeth are healthy teeth.
An older child can clean his own teeth if you show him how.
A younger child cannot. He needs help. Each day someone older should clean his teeth for him.
Most important: do not give your child feeding bottle, especially one with a sweet drink inside.
When you teach, remember that as others learn, they too become teachers. Each person can teach another.
Encourage people to pass along what you have taught. Mothers can teach family and friends. Students can talk at home with brothers, sisters, and older family members.
Keep your teeth and your children's teeth healthy by cleaning them.
Marie, please help me clean baby's teeth and then brother's teeth. We will do it everyday.
Then maybe my teeth won't hurt like Vincent's.
First, I must clean my own teeth properly.
What should I do if my gums bleed?
Use a soft toothbrush. A soft brush is best because it won't hurt your gums. Tell your family that.
use one at school?
Wish I had known about that before.
Brother, try to brush your back teeth better. If you do, then they will stay strong until you grow old.