Caring for Teeth

Oh, I wish I'd looked after me teeth,
And spotted the perils beneath,
All the toffees I chewed,
And the sweet sticky food,
Oh, I wish I'd looked after me teeth

This opening stanza of a poem by Pam Ayers leads into the sad tale of regrets that a lack of dental care can bring.

Here is a checklist to good Dental Care:
  • Regular checkups: Every 6 months book in to see your dentist. Your private health insurance recognises 'prevention is better than cure' so you are covered for a regular check-up and clean. The dentist can pick up any early signs of damage to your teeth or concerns about your oral health.
  • Brushing and flossing: Plaque is a layer of bacteria and acid that builds up on your teeth and can cause cavities and gum disease. Brushing morning and night with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily, aims to remove plaque. Change your toothbrush at least every 6 months.
  • Diet: Sugary drinks and snacks can be especially damaging for your teeth. Drink plenty of tap water. Recently the state government has added fluoride to our drinking water to support us in dental health.

How I laughed at my Mother's false teeth,
As they foamed in the waters beneath,
But now comes the reckonin'
It's me they are beckonin'
Oh, I wish I'd looked after me teeth.
Cheryle Davies
Clergy Healthcare Coordinator

  • Created: 03 June 2010
  • Modified: 30 November -0001