What’s in your drink?

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


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Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. (She's the Community Connections Librarian!) She reads a new book every few days, but is enjoying the audiobook of "Empress of Forever" by Max Gladstone, the ebook "When We Were Magic" by Sarah Gailey and is eagerly awaiting John Scalzi's "The Last Emperox" in April!