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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!


Enter the Dental Clinic Colouring Contest

Celebrate Oral Health Month!

Oral Health Month

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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.


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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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April is Oral Health Month

Oral health is good for your overall health! Keep your mouth healthy and celebrate Oral Health Month this April. Did you know? Bacteria in our mouth can lead to gum disease and cavities, but it’s also linked to heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Enter the Dental Clinic Colouring Contest

Celebrate Oral Health Month with your family! Enter the MLHU’s Dental Clinic colouring contest. You could win 1 child and 1 adult Oral-B Electric Toothbrush as well as other oral health essentials ($250 total prize value). To enter the contest, download, print and colour MLHU’s Dental Clinic colouring activity (click the link below).

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Printed copies are also available from the MLHU’s main reception in London (355 Wellington St., Suite 110) and Strathroy (51 Front St. E, Strathroy).

Email your coloured picture to dentalprevention@mlhu.on.ca by Sunday, April 30 or drop off your coloured picture to the MLHU’s main reception in London or Strathroy. You must be under 12 years of age and live in the Middlesex-London region. The winner will be contacted by email. Good luck and happy colouring!

Date of creation: February 11, 2013
Last modified on: April 11, 2022