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You can usually tell if your teeth and gums are healthy or not. Look at the
pictures on pages 73 and 74 and compare them with your own mouth. If you
find a problem in your mouth, look for its name in Chapter 6 and look for its
treatment in Chapter 7.
Most important: when you are not sure of a problem or
how to treat it, talk to an experienced dental worker.
If you notice a problem early, often you can stop it from getting worse. It
is even better to prevent the problem from starting. You can do this if you
know how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Learn to take care of your own teeth and gums before you try to teach
others. A good example is one of your best teaching tools. People will see
that you are healthy, and they will want to know why. When you tell people
ways to care for their teeth, they will believe you if they know that you do
these things yourself. First take care of your own teeth and gums. Then
teach your family what you have learned. They, too, will be good examples
for others to see.