April is oral health month!
National dental health week started in 1957, as part of a commitment by dental professionals to promote good oral health among Canadians. The idea was to plan events during this week, which was originally in February, to educate children and the public about what they could do to make sure they maintained healthy teeth for life. In the 1970's, dental health week became dental health month to allow more time for national, provincial and local educational programs and activities centered around healthy teeth and gums. In 1977, April replaced February as national oral health month. Now every year in April, events are planned by dental professional to help educate the public and promote optimal oral health. As they say, "An ounce of prevention..."
Cosmetic dentistry starts with a healthy mouth.
Oral health is a continuous process. Take the opportunity to contact your local dentist in Victoria for advice or if you are looking to participate in promoting oral health to your family or organization. Canadian Dental Association recommends the top 5 ways to ensure healthy teeth.
- Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleaning.
- Brushing twice a day and flossing daily to keep your mouth clean. Use a toothpaste approved by the Canadian Dental Association.
- Eating healthy foods and limiting sugary and highly acidic foods, that can promote tooth decay.
- Checking your mouth regularly for signs of gum disease, tooth decay or oral cancer. Signs of gum disease include red, sore and sensitive gums that may bleed. Tooth decay may be indicated by sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet or pressure. Indicators of oral cancer include unexplained bleeding, sores in the mouth that don't heal within 7-10 days, white or red patches on the tongue or mouth, numbness or tingling in the mouth, or small lumps and thickening on the sides or bottom of the tongue or elsewhere in the mouth. If you note any of these, contact your dentist. He or she is trained to recognize the signs or gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer.
- Avoiding smoking and using tobacco products, as these cause stained and missing teeth, gum damage, persistent bad breath and may lead to oral cancer.
You can also print out this poster made by the CDA as a reminder.
Source: Canadian Dental Association http://www.cdaadc.ca/en/cda/news_events/health_month/