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Dental Health

Dental health, also called oral health, is an important part of overall health and affects quality of life. The World Health Organization (2012) defines oral health as “the state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing.”

April is Oral Health Month

Celebrate Oral Health Month with your family! Enter the Health Unit’s Oral Health Month Contest for your chance to win a prize pack featuring 1 adult and 2 children’s Oral B electric toothbrushes! To enter the contest, complete this short quiz by Sunday, April 30 and test your knowledge. Good luck! And remember, oral health is good for your overall health. Take care of your teeth and gums to keep your mouth shining!


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The mouth is both a gateway and mirror of your body's overall health

Did you know? The mouth is both a gateway and mirror of your body's overall health. Research shows that dental diseases like cavities, gum disease and oral cancer may be linked to other health problems. Brushing and flossing everyday  and visiting your dental professional regularly is very important to your overall health.

Please note: The oral health care tips found on our website are intended for informational use and do not replace the professional care and advice of your dentist. If you have a question or concern about your oral health, please talk to your dentist.

Date of creation: February 11, 2013
Last modified on: April 3, 2023

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Where to Get Dental Treatment

This resource is designed to help people navigate the patchwork of publicly-funded dental services and most cost-effective dental services available in our community.

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