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Your children's teeth.
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This film shows the importance of ante-natal care of mothers and of proper food in helping children to grow good teeth. Decay, which leads to loss of teeth and bad health, can be prevented or checked by proper diet, cleaning habits and regular inspection and treatment. The structure of teeth, the progress of tooth formation and the process of decay are explained by means of diagrams.
Segment 1 Opening credits. The narrator says that few people over the age of 21 have good teeth; examples of good and bad teeth are seen. A pregnant woman visits an antenatal clinic and sees an x-ray of her baby. The teeth are visible and the narrator says that pregnant women must eat the right food to help the baby's teeth develop. Examples of foods are seen, including eggs, milk, cheese, butter, fresh fruit and vegetables, orange juice and cod liver oil. The narrator also reassures women that it is not dangerous to see the dentist when pregnant. After the baby is born it is important to maintain a good diet and give them something to chew on when they teeth. By 3-years-old children should be eating normal food. The narrator describes how teeth develop in a child with the aid of illustrations. Good teeth are shown in an adult woman. A 17-year-old girl with bad teeth is seen. She cannot chew her food properly and swallows poison from her decaying teeth with each mouthful. A man with extremely bad teeth is seen; the teeth are removed and false teeth fitted. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:06:39:02 Length: 00:06:39:02 Segment 2 The narrator describes tooth decay with the aid of animations. He explains how to prevent decay; not eating sticky foods, eating fresh fruit after a meal to cleanse the teeth and brushing teeth regularly. A girl brushes her teeth as the narrator describes the proper way to do this. A girl goes to the dentist and the narrator stresses that regular check-ups are important. A large hole in the girl's tooth is shown. The film ends with the narrator summarising the points made within the film. Time start: 00:06:39:02 Time end: 00:13:30:14 Length: 00:06:51:12
A Ministry of Information film for Departments of Health in cooperation with the Central Council for Health Education. Produced by Margaret Thomson, directed by Jane Massy, photographed by A.E. Jeakins and commentary by Charleton Hobbs. A Realist Film Unit production.
This video was made from material preserved by the BFI National Archive