Keeping yourmouth healthyHere’s a thought to chew on: goodoral health practices reduce your riskof tooth decay, tooth loss, periodontal(gum) disease, oral infections and manyother conditions. Gum disease is alsolinked to diseases such as diabetes,heart disease and pneumonia.
When our mouths are healthy, ourbodies tend to be healthier, too.
Marthe Benoit, practice advisorwith the College of Registered DentalHygienists of Alberta, recommends fourtips to keep your teeth, gums, tonguesand mouths healthy:
1. Brush twice a day with fluoridetoothpaste for two minutes
2. Clean between your teeth withfloss, pre-strung floss, floss tips orspecial brushes
3. Eat healthy foods rich in vitaminsand minerals to help preventcavities and gum disease
4. Visit your dental professionalregularly to help identify problemsearly.
To learn more, see Your Mouth, WhereHealth Begins in the Fall 2015 issue ofApple ( applemag.ca).