To the editor,
April is Oral Health Month, and that’s a lot to smile about.
Doctors want Nova Scotians to be aware of their oral health and the impact it can have on their overall well-being.
Problems such as bad breath, infected gums and lesions in the mouth can all be symptoms of larger problems that need to be addressed. Research indicates that poor oral health and gum disease are linked to many serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
The best way to keep your mouth and teeth healthy is to follow your dentist’s recommendations between dental appointments. Brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day and flossing once a day are the best ways to maintain your teeth and gum health. Flossing is just as important as brushing because more than one-third of the surface area of your teeth can’t be cleaned unless you floss.
Another important aspect of your oral health is your diet. Making healthy food and beverage choices will help maintain good health in your mouth, and the rest of your body. Nutrients found in healthy foods help fight cavities and gum disease, and help us maintain a healthy body weight. Tobacco products can lead to stained and missing teeth, infected gums, bad breath and oral cancer. It’s important to avoid smoking and chewing tobacco for your oral, lung and overall health. Doctors Nova Scotia encourages all Nova Scotians to make oral health part of your healthy lifestyle, which includes staying active and enjoying a healthy diet. For more information visit, www.healthyteeth.org
President Doctors Nova Scotia