Ministerial Statement - Oral Health Month

April is Oral Health Month. This year’s theme, “Good Oral Health Habits”, reminds us of the importance of oral health as part of our overall wellbeing.

People are often surprised to learn that oral health problems go beyond cavities and toothaches. Research tells us that there may be links between oral diseases and health problems like diabetes and heart disease. 

So, don't overlook your oral health.  Regular check-ups with an oral health professional, daily brushing, and flossing, not smoking, reducing daily intake of sugars, and drinking fluoridated water will lower the risk of oral health problems and improve overall health. Simple daily routines, like brushing with your kids at bedtime, can make oral health care fun.

Oral Health Month can’t be celebrated without recognizing Canada’s dedicated oral health professionals. Our dentists and dental hygienists provide the preventive and therapeutic oral health care that helps Canadians keep their mouths and teeth healthy. In fact, April 9 to 15 is National Dental Hygienists Week. Come join the conversation by using the hashtag #NDHW2016 on social media to show your appreciation.

This month, I encourage you to pay extra attention to your own and your family’s oral health routines. Check out Health Canada’s Oral Health webpage for tips on how to maintain your oral health, prevent diseases and learn more about water fluoridation.

Celebrate your smile!

The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health

Source: Health Canada 

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