Everyone Deserves Healthy Teeth
Oregon is in a dental health crisis
One third of Oregon’s children suffer from untreated dental decay, causing pain, undermining their education, and impacting their life-long health, productivity, and employability. Portland’s dental crisis wastes money for taxpayers, businesses, and families. While everyone is affected, people from lower income communities and communities of color suffer the most, sometimes with two to three times more dental decay than other Oregonians.
Fluoridation is the answer
Fluoridating our drinking water will reduce tooth decay by at least 25%. It is the safest, most effective and affordable way to extend dental health to everyone, regardless of race or income. Odorless, tasteless, and colorless fluoride will not affect the quality of Portland’s beloved Bull Run water or our environment.
The Everyone Deserves Healthy Teeth Coalition
The Everyone Deserves Healthy Teeth Coalition supports water fluoridation for the city of Portland. Our members represent health, education, social justice, business, and community organizations dedicated to ending Oregon’s dental health crisis. Every major national health and medical institution that has a position on the topic, supports water fluoridation. Raising awareness with integrity and directing Portlanders to credible science is our goal.
How can I make my teeth healthier?
If you’re looking for ways to make your teeth healthier, you’ve come to the right place! Taking care of your teeth is an essential part of maintaining overall health and wellbeing. Here are some tips for keeping your teeth healthy:
- Brush Twice a Day: Brushing twice a day is the best way to maintain good oral hygiene. Make sure to use a soft bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with fluoride, and brush for two minutes at least twice a day.
- Floss Daily: Flossing can help remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth. Flossing once a day can help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- Eat Healthy Foods: Eating a healthy diet is important for your overall health, including your dental health. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help keep your teeth strong and healthy.
- Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks: Sugary foods and drinks can increase your risk of tooth decay. Try to limit sugary snacks and beverages, and when you do consume them, drink plenty of water afterward to help rinse away the sugar.
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly: Visiting your dentist regularly can help keep your teeth in good shape.
What are the signs of unhealthy teeth?
It’s important to be aware of the signs of unhealthy teeth so that you can take steps to protect your oral health. Here are some of the most common signs of unhealthy teeth:
- Discoloration: If your teeth are yellow, brown, or gray, it could be a sign of unhealthy teeth. This discoloration can be caused by plaque buildup, smoking, or drinking coffee or tea.
- Sensitivity: If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, it could be a sign of unhealthy teeth. This sensitivity could be caused by cavities, worn enamel, or gum disease.
- Bad Breath: If you have bad breath, it could be a sign of unhealthy teeth. This could be caused by plaque buildup, gum disease, or cavities.
- Pain: If your teeth are painful, it could be a sign of unhealthy teeth. This could be caused by cavities, gum disease, or an abscess.
- Loose Teeth: If your teeth are loose, it could be a sign of unhealthy teeth. This could be caused by gum disease or an injury.
If you notice any of these signs of unhealthy teeth, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can diagnose the problem and recommend the best treatment for your oral health.