Monday 20th March celebrates International World Oral Health Day. It promotes worldwide awareness around the issues of oral health, stressing the importance of practicing good oral hygiene habits from early in life to old age, and highlights the many benefits associated with a healthy mouth.
Shockingly, 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases at some point in their lifetime! Many of which can be avoided with a simple oral health regime and good diet.
Having good oral and dental hygiene is extremely important. Not only does it help to prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease, research has also shown that having a healthy mouth can also lower your risk of medical disorders, such as heart attack, stroke or poorly managed diabetes.
Practice good oral hygiene habits – Live Mouth Smart
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums, and is highly important to your overall well-being.
Our top 5 tips for a healthy mouth:
- Brush thoroughly twice a day preferably using an electric toothbrush (or manual toothbrush if you prefer) for 2 minutes each time.
- Use toothpaste and dental products that contain fluoride.
- Don’t rinse after brushing as this removes the fluoride that you have just brushed on to your teeth.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet and limit snacks between meals. Try and avoid acidic snacks which does include certain fruits.
- Visit your dentist regularly every 6 months for a check-up and ideally an appointment with the hygienist.
To find out more visit the World Oral Health Website at www.worldoralhealthday.org