A lot of people think about how much sugar they are eating, but have you thought about how much sugar you’re drinking? We partnered with Oral Health Kansas to create a display that shows how much sugar is in your drinks. You can also pick up free handouts about Healthy Eating for a Healthy Mouth and toothbrushing tips by the display.
A few of the Healthy Eating (and drinking) for a Healthy Mouth tips include:
- If you drink fruit juice and milk throughout the day, the sugar in those drinks will increase dental decay.
- Carbonated sodas like colas and fruit drinks are “double trouble” — the carbonation and sugar produce acid that eats at your tooth enamel.
- Chips, pretzels, cookies, french fries and bread will produce as much acid as sweets — like sweets, fruit juices and carbonated sodas, foods made with processed starches also combine with acid-producing bacteria to cause tooth decay.
See more Tips and Tricks for Toothbrushing from Oral Health Kansas:
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush — Hard bristles can wear away the enamel and cause gums to pull away from the teeth. Soft, rounded bristles are more effective and less damaging to the teeth and gums.
- Brush each tooth surface 10 strokes — Plaque, the sticky coating on the teeth, will build up during the day and it requires careful brushing to remove it.
- Spit but do not rinse — It is important to leave fluoride on the teeth for 30 minutes to have the best results for stopping decay.
- Brush just after the last snack for the night and in the morning after breakfast – During sleep, we have less saliva to wash away food.
Special advice for helping a child who is a Reluctant Tooth Brusher:
- Find toothpaste that your child likes or use water only to start
- Select a toothbrush for each child’s needs, such as an electric or battery toothbrush, musical toothbrush, or specialty toothbrush
- Allow your child to hold a comfort item (teddy bear or blanket for example) if necessary while they brush