Oral health and overall wellness are closely linked, and it is important to take care of both to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. While we all know that overall health can most often be maintained with proper diet, regular exercise and the occasional trip to your family physician; taking care of our oral health is sometimes neglected. Health Canada suggests that poor oral health may contribute to negative health outcomes including diabetes, respiratory diseases and more serious infections triggered by cavities. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/dent-eng.php
Taking care of your oral health can be something that you would rather avoid due to discomfort with dentists and the high cost of dental care. Making some changes to your own oral health routine can help make trips to the dentist less stressful and not as expensive. Daily flossing and brushing will have a positive impact on your oral health, and the difference will be noticed by your dentist.
For tips on correct oral hygiene techniques check out the Canadian Dental Association’s website http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care/flossing_brushing.asp.
Marlene Copithorne / Benefits Administrator / PEO Canada