April is Oral Health Month
April is Oral Health Month. Dental associations across Canada, including the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) embark on public education campaigns to ensure that there is recognition of the importance of oral health and its vital significance to overall health. Oral health is maintained through a combination of home care (regular brushing and flossing) and regular visits to your team of dental professionals including a dentist working collaboratively with a dental hygienist.
The diagnosis of oral problems may reveal something as serious as oral cancer. The
Canadian Dental Association estimates that every year 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer and 1,050 deaths occur from oral cancer. As with any form of cancer, early detection is key in improving the survival rate and a dentist is trained in recognizing the early signs of this dreadful disease.
It is well known that there is a link between your oral health and the health of your whole body. It is only through the skills and training of the dentist that any concerns that you may have, or that may be found, can be addressed in a timely fashion to prevent progression to something more serious.
Routine dental examinations by a dentist are important to your oral health and therefore to your overall health. In recognition of Oral Health Month, I encourage you to visit your dentist and his or her team.