It's never too early or too late to start looking after your oral health.
World Oral Health Day takes place every year, and this year the theme is ‘unite for mouth health’, your mouth is a mirror to your body and reflects your general health and well-being.
A healthy mouth has a positive impact on physical, mental and social wellbeing. The health of our teeth and mouth is linked to overall health and wellbeing in a number of ways.
Poor oral health can affect a person's quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socialises. These oral health problems can reduce a person's quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social wellbeing.
There is also an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, respiratory illness in older adults, as well as pre-term and low birth-weight babies.
Tips for mouth health:
Use a small, soft toothbrush to clean your teeth and gums for 2 minutes morning and night.
Use adult fluoride toothpaste. After brushing, spit the toothpaste out but don’t rinse.
Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
Snack on healthier foods, which are low in sugar, such as fresh fruit, carrot, peppers and low fat cheese.
Replacing sugary drinks with plain fluoridated tap water, it is the best drink for your teeth.
Try chewing sugar free gum between meals to stimulate saliva, which will help protect teeth from tooth decay.
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