Over­all health re­vealed in a smile

The Queens County Advance - - EDITORIAL -

April is Oral Health month and a chance to re­mind all Nova Sco­tians that healthy teeth con­trib­ute to a healthy life.

A smile can re­veal more than just your mood; your mouth can pro­vide in­sight to your over­all health. Re­search in­di­cates that poor oral health and gum dis­ease are linked to many se­ri­ous con­di­tions such as di­a­betes and heart dis­ease. Like­wise, to­bacco and al­co­hol use may lead to var­i­ous med­i­cal con­di­tions, in­clud­ing oral can­cers.

Dur­ing Oral Health Month, doc­tors in the prov­ince re­mind all Nova Sco­tians of the im­por­tance of oral health to their gen­eral well be­ing.

Main­tain­ing good oral health in­cludes keep­ing teeth free from cav­i­ties and pre­vent­ing gum dis­ease. Cav­i­ties and gum dis­ease may con­trib­ute to many se­ri­ous con­di­tions, such as di­a­betes and res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases.

Oral health prob­lems can also re­duce a per- son’s qual­ity of life by af­fect­ing their phys­i­cal, men­tal and so­cial well-be­ing. In ad­di­tion it can also in­di­cate some very se­ri­ous con­di­tions such pe­ri­odon­tal dis­ease and oral can­cers.

For­tu­nately, the ma­jor­ity of oral dis­eases are pre­ventable. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, brush at least twice daily and floss ev­ery day. A den­tist sees things you can’t, so reg­u­lar vis­its for a den­tal exam are also key. It’s also im­por­tant to avoid smok­ing and chew­ing to­bacco.

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.mindy­our­mouth.ca.

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