Believe it or not, oral health problems are very common. The Canadian Dental Association reports that up to 80% of Canadians will be affected by gum disease at some point in their lives and approximately 3,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year. 1
Poor oral health can result in pain, infection, tooth loss, and bad breath. It can affect your entire life including your ability to eat, speak, and socialize. Poor oral health also impacts your overall health and there is evidence to show that it can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. 1
The good news is that many oral health problems can be prevented with good hygiene and a regular visit to see your dentist. Your dentist can answer any questions you have about your oral health and your dental hygienist can help to you to master your brushing and flossing skills.
Another important reason to visit your dentist regularly is to have oral cancer screenings. At Logan Creek Dental, we are committed to providing this service as part of your regular check up. We use a small device called a velscope, which uses the newest technology to visualize any abnormalities in your mouth. Detecting these problems as soon as possible is key to early intervention and a successful recovery.
By adopting a good dental hygiene routine and visiting your dentist regularly, you can prevent may of the problems associated with poor oral health. Celebrate Oral Health Month this April by committing to the Canadian Dental Association’s 5 steps to achieve good oral health:
- Brush your teeth and tongue twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and floss daily.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Check your mouth regularly for signs of gum disease and oral cancer.
- Don’t smoke or chew tobacco
- Visit your dentist regularly. 2