Message from the Minister of Health: National Oral Health Month – April 2017
April is Oral Health Month – a good reminder to maintain healthy habits and recognize how good oral health can benefit our overall well-being.
Prevention is key. Daily brushing and flossing, not smoking, reducing our daily intake of sugars, and drinking fluoridated water go a long way in lowering the risk of oral health issues and improving our overall health. Regular check-ups are also important to oral health maintenance.
Healthy mouths and teeth can play an important role in someone’s overall well-being. For example, children are able to concentrate better in school without pain from cavities, toothaches or gum disease; and seniors are more likely to maintain a healthy diet and social interaction if they have good oral health.
We are pleased to support programs like the Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI), which helps First Nations families establish and maintain healthy teeth and gums by providing educational and preventive services in their community. COHI practitioners host dental clinics for infants and children, and introduce children to oral health and hygiene through fun activities.
This month also provides an opportunity to recognize Canada’s dedicated oral health professionals. Among those are our dental hygienists. April 8 to 14 is National Dental Hygienists Week and you can show your appreciation for hygienists by using #NDHW17 on social media.
For tips on how to maintain your oral health and prevent disease, you can visit Health Canada’s Oral Health webpage.
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
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