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Learn cavity truth, fiction Meeting explores wellness goals

American Dental CONCERNS? The Planning are recommendations that
Association spokesperson Dr. Department’s community received the most votes:
Kimberly Harms states that it For more about cavities, go to meeting July 26 reviewed
is a myth that sugar is the only recommendations for n Hire a recreation
cause of dental caries (cavities). a Community Health coordinator to oversee
n Dental sensitivity means Assessment that has been activities and ensure the
“The truth is, acid produced there is decay. in the works for more than community is informed
by bacteria in your mouth is a year. The assessment was about classes and activities
the cause of cavities,” she said. n Dental caries are the made possible by a grant (7 votes)
cause of root canals. from Portland Area Indian
Another myth is that Health Board. n Offer cafeteria-style
children have more dental n Dental caries aren’t lunches for employees and
caries than adults. As a result possible in baby teeth. More than 120 tribal the community (7 votes)
of fluoride in tap water, “we’ve members were surveyed
actually cut decay in school- The following are true: and more than 150 hours n Ensure healthy food and
aged children by half in the n Acid causes dental decay. went into interviewing those drink (water) options are in
last 20 years,” Dr. Harms says. n Once treated, decay stops. ranging from ages 4-80. vending machines and at the
On the flip side, more senior n Dental caries are more Youth Center (6 votes)
citizens are getting dental likely to appear between teeth. Current health measures
caries because of medication n Dental chips and cracks along with goals for where n Continue policies of
that reduces saliva. can lead to decay. we would like to be were no-smoking in government
n Proper dental hygiene presented. Ideas for how we buildings (5 votes)
The following are false: helps prevent decay. can make the community
n Aspirin on a tooth will healthier were discussed. The final plan will be
alleviate a toothache. Those in attendance were complete Sept. 30. A copy
n All fillings will eventually given the opportunity to vote will be available to tribal
need replacing. on ideas they would like to members who would
n People will know if they see implemented first. Here like one. The Planning
have a cavity. Department will use the
n Bruxism (or grinding completed plan for future
teeth at night) causes dental funding opportunities.
n Gaps in teeth lead to WIC through SPIPA
dental caries.

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