Local Oral Health Program (LOHP)

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Welcome to the webpage for the Local Oral Health Program!

Use the linked resources below to help you find a dentist:

Taking care of your smile starts with brushing your teeth twice a day. Regular brushing and flossing can help your teeth be healthy and benefit your overall health.

Oral Health

Stop Cavities and Decay:

Brushing in the morning and at night and flossing once a day can remove germs and stop decay. It can also lead to fresher breath and healthy gums. Everyone can keep their teeth healthy by visiting a dentist twice a year. Taking care of your teeth can prevent decay and save you money on future dental care.

Fluoride:

The food and drinks that we put in our bodies can increase your chances of tooth decay. Fluoride protects against decay and promotes a healthy smile. To learn more about how fluoride protects teeth, please click here.

Healthy Mothers

Sealants:

Sealants are protective coating that can help protect your molars against decay by 80%. Sealants can be applied to the first and second set of molars. Your first molars come in around age 6, and your second set comes in around age 12. For more information on how sealants protect teeth, click here.  

Sealants

Sealants:

Sealants are protective coating that can help protect your molars against decay by 80%. Sealants can be applied to the first and second set of molars. Your first molars come in around age 6, and your second set comes in around age 12. For more information on how sealants protect teeth, click here.  

Testimonial Regarding Fluoride Varnish and Sealants for Children from Dr.Lila Wilson, a local dentist in Redding:

“Dental health is very important. Protecting the brightness and strength of your smile is a big part of the overall health picture for your children.  Even if you follow your dentist’s instructions and brush twice a day, floss and go for bi-annual checkups, your teeth could use a little extra help. Dental sealants and fluoride can help cover the gaps in your oral care by helping prevent cavities. Dental sealants are plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, or molars. Dental sealants act as a cover for pitted, grooved teeth to prevent them from getting cavities in the first place, or to stop the spread of an existing one. 

Now, Fluoride, is a naturally occurring mineral, is essential for proper tooth development and the prevention of tooth decay. The protective outer layer of teeth, called enamel, is often subject to attacks from acids. These can come directly from acidic foods and beverages, such as sodas and citrus fruits — or sometimes through a middleman: the decay-causing bacteria already in the mouth that create acid from sugar. In breaking down sugar, the bacteria produce acids that can eat through tooth enamel. This is how cavities are formed. When fluoride is present, it becomes part of the crystalline structure of tooth enamel, hardening it and making it more resistant to acid attack. For all these facts is why Lila P Wilson DDS and staff recommend the use of sealants and fluoride to all our patients to prevent cavities.

Best regards,

Lila Wilson DDS”

Pregnancy:

Taking care of your oral health during pregnancy is important. Pregnancy can increase a mom's chances of tooth decay. To learn how pregnancy can impact your oral health and to learn how to keep your smile healthy before your baby comes, click here. There are many ways to take care of your oral health during pregnancy, including preventative dental visits. To learn tips to help your take care of your teeth and gums during pregnancy, click here.

 

Protect Tiny Teeth

Babies:

Babies need special care while they are growing, to help protect their smiles. To learn more about how to care for your baby’s teeth, click here.

Image source: The American Association of Pediatrics, AAP.com, found here 

Kindergarten Oral Health

Kindergarten:

Children should visit a dentist when their first tooth comes in or when they turn one year old. The law says that kids must visit the dentist during their first school year. To learn more, click here. 

Oral Health Resources and Information:

For more information or resources, contact the Local Oral Health Program:

Email: lohp@co.shasta.ca.us

Phone: 530-225-5937