Shake off the winter blues and swing into spring! This month Canadians across the country are celebrating National Dental Health Month. Supported by the Canadian Dental Health Association (CDHA), what better of a time to think about how you take care of your mouth? By promoting better oral health, this month long event encourages Canadians to have a better overall quality of life.
Oral Health for Overall Health
Our mouths are mirrors into the body, and reflect our overall well being. Compared to other parts of the body, people often ignore injuries, aches and bleeding in their mouths. Bleeding and tender gums, oral pain and mouth infections are common problems that are often ignored. If you ignore these problems, they can severely affect your quality of life.
If you’re having any problems with your mouth – it’s important to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. These problems can be potential indicators of serious chronic diseases like oral cancer.
What are the stats?
In Canada 1000 people die per year from oral cancer. Most often, the cancer is diagnosed at a late stage when treatments are not nearly effective. By regularly visiting the dentist, problems can be diagnosed earlier when the treatment outcome is better and more optimal.
Signs of Oral Cancer:
- Small lumps / thickened areas in the mouth
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- Tingling or numbness in the mouth
- Bleeding mouth with no cause
- Sores in the mouth that won’t heal
Preventative care is always the best option for staying healthy. Proper oral health is something vital to our overall well-being that far too many of us overlook! Take a minute to think about your own oral health, is it something you take seriously?
We encourage you to follow the CDHA’s ‘5 Steps to Better Oral Health’ to help reduce the risk of oral disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The 5 Steps to Better Oral Health according to the CDHA:
- Visit the Dentist Regularly – Every 6-9 months depending on individual
- Keep your Mouth Clean – Brush & floss at least 2 times a day, and use mouthwash
- Eat, Drink but Be Wary – Healthy, unprocessed foods that are nutrient rich help the body to fight infection. Reduce sugar and processed food intake as well!
- Check your Mouth Often – Gum disease (periodontal disease) is the most common cause of tooth loss
- Avoid Tobacco Products