Good oral health is more than just nice looking teeth!
“Oral” means your entire mouth – teeth, gums and tongue.
Healthy teeth and gums contribute to overall health. As well, the health of your mouth can be the first sign of health issues in other parts of your body. Research suggests that in adults, the presence of inflammation (red, puffy, swollen, bleeding gums) caused by bacteria/germs in the mouth may lead to a number of serious health conditions ranging from heart disease, diabetes, stroke and pneumonia.
How can you keep your mouth healthy?
Your Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) will develop a personal oral self-care program for you that should become a daily habit. It should include:
- Brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day
- Cleaning between your teeth with floss or another aid as recommended by your RDH
- Regular visits will allow your RDH to monitor your mouth for signs of infection or disease