HealthFirst Liverpool Healthy Teeth and Mouth

On Tuesday members of the HealthFirst Liverpool Health Champions Group received training from Suzanne Robinson and Vivien Mansfield from Mersey Care about having a Healthy Mouth and Teeth.

Vivien asked us why do we need to brush our teeth?

  • Cally said – it is your appearance –your self esteem
  • Kat said – you don’t want yellow stains on your teeth
  • Eric said – you’ve more chance of getting a girl with clean teeth

Vivien told us that plaque is a living thing that grows.  It starts at our gum lines and grows down our teeth.  We must brush along our gum lines.

Vivien told us we need to change our tooth brush every 3 months or every time the bristles bend.

Vivien gave everyone a toothpaste called 1450 and this is the number that we need to look for on toothpaste.  There needs to be 1450 parts per million (parts per million) of fluoride in our toothpaste.”

Vivien told us that sugar causes our teeth to go bad. The sugar turns to acid and we can’t brush it away.  It is washed away with our saliva.

We talked about healthy snacks we could use instead

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Bread Sticks
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Carrot Sticks

We have looked at the sugar in different drinks on the healthy eating week – Eric said that he has changed from drinking lucozade.

If the dentist knows that you have a learning disability they will give you a longer appointment and make reasonable adjustments – for example you might want to go for a visit first.

Vivien explained that it is important to go to the dentist as they might pick up on other health issues like diabetes or stomach problems.

Vivien summed up by reminding us:

  • Brush your teeth and gums twice a day to help keep your mouth healthy
  • Use a pea sized amount of fluoride tooth paste
  • Spit out after brushing – do NOT rinse
  • If your gums bleed – keep gently brushing
  • Sugary foods and drinks should not be eaten often and should be kept to mealtimes only
  • Remember to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not drink too much alcohol
  • See your dentist at least once a year

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