Trying to raise my kids the best I can

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Brush your teeth!

In one of my nursing magazines I read a fascinating article about preventing Pneumonia in the ICU. Apparantly, the number one thing nurses can do to prevent it is to brush the patient's teeth every 2-4 hours. And a guaze wipe won't cut it. You need to actually brush with a tooth brush.

I also learned from Dr. Oz that the number one preventable cause of miscarriage is inadequate mouth care (ie. brush your teeth more).

He also said that you can add 6-8 years to your life by brushing your teeth frequently. It has something to do with your gums and your vascular system. Sorry I don't have the actual details for you right now. But in conclusion I just want to say that teeth brushing is about much more than oral health. It's about overall health.

My life is so busy right now since I am in full time school and part time work and my husband works full time. I'll be the first to admit we haven't been brushing our kids teeth enough. But I'm newly inspired to pursue it zealously and pehaps even brush the pet's teeth occasionally. I hope I've inspired you to do the same!



  • At 12:03 AM, Blogger TulipGrrl said…

    Yup, gum disease is not just about saving your teeth. . . Flossing is as vital as brushing. (Though I still struggle with making it a daily habit . . .)


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