How are you? No, really, Sherwood Dental wants to know. Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or pneumonia recently? We need to know such things since research shows there is a relationship between good oral health and your overall health. It’s possible that heart disease and stroke, as well as premature and low birth-weight babies could be linked to oral disease, too.
4 steps to good oral health
Since April is National Oral Health MonthTM, here are 4 simple steps for good oral health. Follow these steps and watch your overall health improve, too:
- Visit us regularly. We think it’s best to see our patients at least every 6 months. Sometimes we recommend patients to visit us more frequently based on their oral health needs.
- Brush twice a day and floss daily
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Avoid all tobacco products
Get snack-smart for good oral health
We’ve mentioned the importance of a well-balanced diet in previous blog posts. Sugar And Its Impact On Your Teeth is one of them. But since April is National Oral Health MonthTM, we’re listing a few reminders for you here:
- Limit the number of times a day you eat or drink sugars
- Avoid sugary treats like hard candy and lollipops that stay in the mouth for a long time
- Avoid soft, sticky sweets such as caramels or taffy that get stuck in your teeth
- Eat desserts or sweets after a meal while there is still plenty of saliva in your mouth to wash away sugars
- Drink milk and juice during your meal or at the end of a meal
- Drink water between meals
- Eat vegetables, cheeses, nuts or seeds for snacks
Since research shows there is a relationship between good oral health and your overall health, it makes sense to practice good oral hygiene and have your mouth examined regularly. Your dentist and dental hygienist are trained to identify and take care of your oral health needs.
Ask us how good oral health and your overall health is connected. Call Sherwood Dental at (780) 464-4166 or visit the Canadian Dental Association website at www.cda-adc.ca. Don’t forget to schedule your routine dental cleaning!