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While this book is certainly not a replacement for a qualified dentist, it can be very helpful for learning about tooth care and dental emergencies. A companion volume to Where There Is No Doctor, this book encourages people to take the lead in caring for their own health.
Part One: Learning and Teaching about Teeth and Gums Chapter 1: Your Own Teeth and Gums Chapter 2: Teaching Family and Friends In Your Community Chapter 3: Teaching Children At School Chapter 4: School Activities for Learning About Teeth and Gums Chapter 5: Taking Care of Teeth and Gums
Part Two: Treating Dental Problems Chapter 6: Examination and Diagnosis Chapter 7: Treating Some Common Problems Chapter 8: Scaling Teeth Chapter 9: Injecting Inside the Mouth Chapter 10: How to Fill a Cavity Chapter 11: Taking Out a Tooth Chapter 12: HIV and Care of the Teeth and Gums
Appendices Get Rid of Wastes Safely The Dental Kit Records, Reports, and Surveys Resources Vocabulary Index Other Books from Hesperian
Excerpt from page 69 Clean Your Teeth Cleaning teeth requires time and care. If you hurry, you will leave food and germs behind and they continue to make cavities and sore gums. You may find that different dental workers recommend different ways of brushing teeth. Some ways are definitely better, but often they are harder to learn. Teach a method of cleaning that a person can learn and will do at home. Let him start by scrubbing his teeth (and his children's teeth) back and forth, or round and round. Encourage him to improve his method only when you think he is ready. Toothpaste is not necessary. Some people use charcoal or salt instead. But it is the brush hairs that do the cleaning, so water on the brush is enough.