Coffee & Conversation: Dentist Gives Toothbrushing Tips

Dr. Charmaine Johnson, DDS, speaks at Pride Center Tuesday morning. Photo by John McDonald

The art of toothbrushing was Tuesday morning’s topic at Pride Center’s weekly Coffee and Conversation program.

Dr. Charmaine Johnson, DDS, of Premier Smile Center spoke of the differences between using a manual or electric toothbrush. Johnson recommended brushing your teeth and gums in a small circular motion between two to three minutes.

A toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles is recommended to get into hard to reach places of the mouth. Premier Smile Center offers the new Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush for $189.

Elsewhere, Pride Center Chief Executive Officer Robert Boo reminded the audience November is Transgender Awareness Month. On Thursday evening (6:30 p.m.), Nov. 16, the center will show the documentary “Majesty Girls.” Monday evening, Nov. 20, is the center’s annual Transgender Day of Awareness. A ceremony, beginning at 7 p.m., will be held to remember trans lives killed.

Roger Roa, Pride Center Development Director, announced the annual children’s toy drive would begin soon. Roa also plugged the center’s annual cruise, sailing next March to Cozumel, Mexico.

Patti Lynn, community outreach liaison for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, announced a food distribution is planned for Saturday, Nov. 18 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Sanctuary Church, 1400 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. BSO is partnering with Wayne Barton Ministries to distribute 4,500 turkeys to those in need.

Next week’s sponsor is South Florida Symphony Orchestra. For more information, contact Bruce Williams, Senior Services Coordinator at 954-463-9005, ext. 109.

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