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April is National Oral Health Month!



April is National Oral Health Month!

 

As we know, our ORAL health is connected to our OVERALL health.

Oral pain, bad breath, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socializes. These oral health issues can reduce a person’s quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social well-being.

Oral health problems could be a sign of something more serious such as oral cancer. Each year approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer and 1,050 deaths from oral cancer occur. The low survival rate is due to it often diagnosed very late. With early detection the survival rate of oral cancer can be greatly improved.

Here are 4 ways to maintain your smile:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Floss once a day
  • Brush for a full two minutes
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year for teeth cleaning or an oral exam

Look for signs of gum disease:

  • Red, shiny, puffy, sore or sensitive gums
  • Bleeding when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath that won’t go away

Look for signs of oral cancer:

  • Bleeding or open sores that don’t heal
  • White or red patches
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Small lumps and thickening on the sides or bottom of your tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, the inside of your cheeks, or on your gums

 

Resources:

https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/health_month/

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