Parish Nurse Notes…Dental Health

The Root of Dental Care

Healthy teeth and gums count for more than a pretty smile in pictures. Regular brushing, flossing and trips to the dentist help prevent both cavities and serious gum disease.

Brush your best!

  • Use a brush with soft bristles to avoid harm to your gums.
  • Aim for 30 seconds in each quadrant in your mouth for a total of two minutes.
  • Brush at least twice a day. Make sure one time is prior to bed.
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride for the best protection against plaque and tartar build up.
  • Remember to brush your tongue-bacteria live on your tongue as well as on your teeth.
  • Floss! It’s just as important as brushing and most effective just before bed.
  • Be sure to change your toothbrush every two-three months.
  • Visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
  • Finally, try to eat and drink fewer sugary foods. A healthy diet means healthy teeth and gums.

Happy brushing!

In His healing love, Sarah