Do your teeth hurt?
Do your gums bleed?
When was the last time you saw a dental professional?
Call 1-800-660-5853 to book a free screening appointment at one of our 6 public health unit dental clinics.
You may be eligible for no-cost dental treatment!
In the meantime – check out the info below.
Oral Hygiene - How to be Kissable
Good oral hygiene habits can help you fight off bad breath and keep you kissably fresh!
- Brushing for 2 minutes 2 times a day with a soft bristle toothbrush.
This removes the plaque (soft bacteria build-up that can cause infection and decay)
- Flossing once a day.
This removes the plaque from between your teeth. Did you know that more than 1/3 of your tooth surfaces are only accessible by floss? Don’t neglect those in-between surfaces!
- You can use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper.
What is halitosis?
Halitosis is a fancy word for Bad Breath! You’ve all smelled it…..but do you have it?
Your tongue surface is like a shag rug. These ‘shags’ or ‘papillae’ form deep grooves which collect plaque, sticky bacteria, and food particles. This is where the awful smelling odour comes from. Not so kissable!
A tongue scraper is a long flexible plastic tool that can be used twice a day to scrape or ‘rake’ the tongue free from the majority of the awful smelling debris, food and bacteria. Tongue scrapers are available in most stores where toothbrushes are sold.
FYI…..mouthwashes will only mask odour temporarily. Most mouthwashes contain alcohol which can dry out your mouth over time. It’s better to remove the cause of the bad breath with good brushing and flossing habits!
On the topic of kissing, did you know that being sexually active can affect your oral health?
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is one of the most commonly spread sexually transmitted infections. Even though this virus is best known for causing genital warts and cervical cancer, some types of the virus can lead to cancer in the head, neck , and mouth area of women, men, AND teens.
HPV is spread through skin-to-skin contact, and may lead to cancer in places where the virus is acquired. So for those of you who have had multiple sexual partners, practice oral sex, and have been exposed to certain strains of the virus, you may be at an increased risk to develop cancer near the tonsils, tongue, and back of the throat.
To learn how to protect your oral health and practice safer sex, check out the links below:
Piercing is becoming a very popular trend – especially of the tongue, lips, and cheeks but it may not be as safe as you think. Because of the mouth’s natural moist environment it can be a breeding ground for bacteria and the piercings can also lead to tooth and tissue damage.
As fashionable or as stylish as you may think facial/oral piercings may be, you should do your research before deciding to go ahead with the piercing.
If you have decided to go ahead with your piercing, check out the following links:
To find a clean and safe facility to have your piercing done:
Aftercare instructions for piercings:
Tobacco Use and Your Smile
|Smoking can cause:
Smoking affects your mouth!
No one wants to kiss an ashtray!
Smokeless tobacco (chew/snuff/dip) is no safer!
In fact – it puts you at much higher risk for oral cancer.
For more information on the effects of smoking and for help quitting, click here: