Overall health revealed in a smile
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.