What’s in your drink? display educates about sugary drinks and toothbrushing

The library partnered with Oral Health Kansas to create a display that asks people to consider how much sugar is in their drink. Free handouts including Healthy Eating for a Healthy Mouth and toothbrushing tips were provided next to the display.

A few of the Healthy Eating for a Healthy Mouth tips include:

  • Beverages like fruit juice and milk contain sugar and if sipped throughout the day 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, 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, including:

  • Use a soft bristle brush — 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 including:

  • 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 if necessary

Alternative tooth brushing techniques for parents to use with reluctant tooth brushers:

  • Hand over hand
  • Side by side in mirror
  • Parent brushing first, then child brushing

Tell them how to brush

Show your child how to brush

Have them show you how they brush


 Find more resources for oral health (617.6) and nutrition (613.2 ) in the Health Information Neighborhood at the library!

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.