New Oral Hygiene Instruction Set to Prevent Oral Disease in Children

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Dr. Garth D Pettit is a second-time retired dentist. Instead of the golf courses he chose to follow his passion to be a full time oral healthcare educator to help children to prevent oral disease. He passionately believes he knows how to prevent oral disease in children.

Dr. Garth D Pettit is a second-time retired dentist. Instead of the golf courses he chose to follow his passion to be a full time oral healthcare educator to help children to prevent oral disease. He passionately believes he knows how to prevent oral disease in children. The ‘secret’ weapon he believes he has in his armoury to prevent oral disease in children is his new oral hygiene instruction ‘Treat Your Mouth’. ‘Brush Your Teeth’, he claims in his recently launched web blog site ‘Prevent Oral Disease in Children’, is flawed and even contributes to oral disease in children. He believes ‘The Colgate-Palmolive and American Dental Association October 1, 2004 Launch of ‘Save The World from Cavities’ Campaign to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children’ will also fail in it’s objective if it too has been based on the oral hygiene instruction ‘Brush Your Teeth’.

From 1997 to 2002 Dr Pettit was responsible for the annual screening (recording decayed, missing and filled teeth) at several remote community schools. Rampant tooth decay was the norm for most children in all schools. One school was regularly different. In this school there was a dramatic reduction in the incidence of children’s oral disease but only in the children in two particular classrooms. The two teachers of these classrooms provided their students with a wholesome breakfast each morning. Following breakfast each student was given a tooth brush on which the teachers placed some tooth paste. The teachers then instructed the children to ‘brush your teeth and rinse and rinse your brush under the tap’. Then the first lesson of the day began.

Dr Pettit recalled that Aboriginal people take instructions literally. The children interpreted the instruction ‘brush your teeth and rinse and rinse your brush under the tap’ as meaning two, not three, instructions; first ‘brush your teeth’, next ‘and rinse and rinse your brush under the tap’. Children did not ‘brush your teeth’, then ‘and rinse (your mouth)’, then ‘and rinse your brush under the tap’. By not rinsing their mouths they left a coating of toothpaste ingredients on every surface in their mouths. The ingredients in the toothpaste were doing as intended; killing bacteria, preventing decay, preventing gum disease and bad breath. Had they rinsed their mouths with water, the dramatic reduction in their oral diseases would not have occurred.

Dr Pettit concluded the oral hygiene instruction ‘Brush Your Teeth’ was flawed and could be a cause of oral disease and there was need for a new oral hygiene instruction for children to prevent oral disease. He created the following oral hygiene instruction and named it ‘Treat Your Mouth”:

•    Firstly, treat surfaces of teeth, then gums, then tongue, to clean away plaque and debris. Then thoroughly rinse the mouth with water. Then spit out the debris.

•    Secondly, treat all surfaces a second time to apply the paste. Then swish the foam thoroughly around the mouth. Then spit out excess foam. NOTE: no rinsing with water.

•    Finally, rinse the bristles under the tap.

Dr Pettit believes the terms ‘tooth brush’ and ‘tooth paste’, should be banished along with “Brush Your Teeth”. Throughout the extensive array of MouthWise oral healthcare education resources developed by Dr Pettit for children, their parents and their teachers, Dr Pettit’ main educational theme is to instruct children to “Treat Your Mouth” with a mouth treater and mouth paste to prevent oral disease.

Dr Pettit believes the current children’s oral disease crisis in countries across the world will not be resolved so long as children continue to be instructed to ‘Brush Your Teeth’ to prevent oral disease. The oral hygiene instruction ‘Brush Your Teeth’ is flawed and probably contributes to the incidence of oral diseases in children. The new children’s oral hygiene instruction is based on the result of 5 years of observations that revealed dramatic reductions in the incidence of children’s oral disease. The ideal oral hygiene instruction to give children is ‘Treat Your Mouth’ with mouth paste and a mouth treater to prevent oral disease.

Details on product availability:

MouthWise Oral Health Resources:

•    The oral health website where all MouthWise Oral Health resources can be viewed and purchases made at http://www.oralhealthhelpsite.com
•    The MouthWise oral health information website 4 Your Smile 2 Shine at http://www.oralhealthcare.info
•    The kids oral health website All About A Smile where children can learn the oral health song ‘4 Your Smile 2 Shine’, the song lyrics of which are the oral hygiene instruction ‘Treat Your Mouth’, at http://www.allaboutasmile.com
•    Book previews of the ten MouthWise oral healthcare books for children at http://www.oralhealthhelpsite.com/site/708332/page/394498
•    Track information of the MouthWise Oral Health C.D. at http://www.oralhealthhelpsite.com/site/708332/product/ISBN-1-920712-12-7
•    Â‘The MouthWise Oral HealthCare School-on-the-Web’ for children’s parents, teachers and anyone teaching children oral health or oral healthcare. Great also for older children in the 5 to 11 years old bracket to teach themselves. http://www.oralhealthhelpsite.com/site/708332/page/260688 and

‘Lesson Guidelines’ for ‘The MouthWise Oral HealthCare School-on-the-Web’ at    http://www.oralhealthhelpsite.com/site/708332/page/292398

About 4 Your Smile 2 Shine Pty. Ltd.:

4 Your Smile 2 Shine is a 4 year old, sole owner company run by a retired dentist. The company‘s focus is on the production and distribution of oral healthcare education products. Oral healthcare education products that children can use on their own or that parents and teachers can use as teaching resources. The company’s mission is to banish easily preventable oral disease in children.

Contact Information:

Garth Pettit

4 Your Smile 2 Shine Pty Ltd

Tel: 618 8165 2144

Fax: 618 8165 2155

http://www.oralhealthcare.info
http://www.oralhealthhelpsite.com
http://www.allaboutasmile.com
http://www.prevent-oral-disease-in-children.blogspot.com

Views expressed in these statements are intended as best advice by the author and in no way are a guarantee for any specific result.

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