The Nunavut government is reminding Nunavummiut to take care of their teeth and gums, in recognition of Oral Health Month this April. (Photo courtesy of Government of Nunavut)

Nunavut government talks teeth for Oral Health Month

Dental hygiene association says health of mouth and teeth linked to overall health

By Akira Halmai-Cooper

It’s Oral Health Month across Canada and Nunavut’s Health Department is marking the occasion with tips on staying healthy.  

This year’s theme is “Oral Health for Total Health,” which means taking care of teeth and gums is important, because it contributes to overall well-being, according to the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. 

The association recommends several ways to keep on top of oral health, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly and staying away from sugary foods to avoid cavities. 

It also recommends avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis products, as these can stain the teeth and break them down over time.

Tobacco also increases the risk of cancer. 

The Mouth Cancer Foundation recommends people regularly check their face, neck, cheeks, tongue and gums for lumps, red or white patches as well, because these could be signs of cancer.

People are also encouraged to visit their local oral health practitioners for regular check-ups.

Nunavummiut can click here to find out when a dentist or orthodontist is scheduled to visit their region. 

 

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