Your oral health is important to your overall health and can have a significant impact on your quality of life.
For example, periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss. Researchers have found that it’s linked with other health problems, such as:
- cardiovascular disease
- bacterial pneumonia
Also, pregnant women with periodontitis may be at increased risk of delivering preterm and/or low-birth-weight infants.1
Things You Can Do Today
Taking care of your teeth and mouth in between dental visits is an effective way to positively contribute to your well-being. Healthy eating is a good place to start.
For instance, Canada’s food guide recommends replacing sugary drinks with water. It’s a quick and easy change you can make today. Another source of helpful information is the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s tips about healthy eating.
Your Dental Assistant Can Help
Dental assistants can help you with your personal oral health care routine. At your next dental visit, talk to your dental assistant about what you do at home for your oral care. They can help you by offering tips about:
- effective brushing and flossing techniques
- suitable oral care products
- healthy eating choices
- oral habits (like grinding teeth, tobacco use) and how they impact your health
April is Oral Health Month in Canada and a great time to improve your oral health care routine!
Oral infections, pain and missing teeth impact your physical, social, and mental well being. If you are experiencing chronic infection, or changes to your overall health, reach out to your dental office for support.
1 Journal of the American Dental Association Col 137 American Dental Association https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/patient_61.ashx#:~:text=The%20mouth%20is%20filled%20with,disease%2C%20stroke%20and%20bacterial%20pneumonia