April Oral Health Awareness Month

For some strange reason the mouth is treated as a separate part of our bodies, and can be easily overlooked or avoided. Bleeding gums, irritation, pain, and even bad breath can be managed if the problem is taken care of in a timely manner. The truth is that poor oral health can actually affect our quality of life in ways we never thought possible. Some oral problems can actually be a sign of the commencement of cancerous cells, other irritations can affect the way a person eats, speaks, or even socializes.

Interestingly enough, research shows that everything that happens in your mouth affects your whole body. Oral disease has been recently linked to bodily health problems such as diabetes, pneumonia, heart disease, strokes, and even premature babies.

Majority of oral health problems can be resolved, and the sooner you get to a dentist, the sooner things will clear up. Maintenance has always cost much less than a rebuild. If you avoid the dentist due to the cost of oral care, the problem will grow and ultimately cost you way more in the end. For example, seeing a dental hygienist regularly can prevent cavities that can lead to infections which require root canals and surgeries.

If you do not have a dental plan and cannot afford to pay your entire bill at once, ask your dentist about a payment plan. If you cannot afford care, even with a payment plan, contact your nearest social services agency, provincial or territorial dental association or dental school.

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