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  Weekly Feature (April 10, 2005)

Dental Health Month
Cheryl's Weekly Feature


The health of your teeth and mouth are important to your overall health. New research points to the possible connection of poor oral health to other systemic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases and premature, low birth weight babies. It is a good time to reexamine your current oral hygiene practices. Good oral hygiene habits include brushing and flossing your teeth and visiting a dentist on a regular basis.

To keep your teeth and mouth healthy, you can take the following steps:

Brush and floss your teeth daily.

Visit your dental professional regularly to have your mouth and teeth examined. See your dental professional immediately if you notice any problems.

Brush your children's teeth for them, until they have the ability to write their own name (not print). They should then be able to brush their own teeth with your guidance.

Ask your dental professional for more information about sealants that help keep your children's teeth free from decay.

Eat a healthy diet according to Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating.

Do not smoke. If you do smoke, make sure to visit your dental professional regularly.

If you are pregnant, be sure to eat healthy foods and maintain good oral health.

Visit the hygienistís website and try an online quiz to test how well you are looking after your teeth.


UBC also offers slightly reduced dental services by their dentistry students. You can find out more about this program at the Faculty of Dentistry website.



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