Mind Your Mouth – you’re worth it!

If your eyes are the window to the soul, your mouth is the door to your body. The most common oral diseases (tooth decay and gum disease) are largely preventable. Get the basics right and improve your oral and overall health and quality of life. Find the key oral health messages here.

There is more to gain than a nice smile. Many risk factors for general health also affect oral health. A healthy smile looks good, feels nice and keeps your breath fresh as well as preventing pain, costly dental treatment and disruption to your work/school/family life.

brush around the gum and each surface of all teeth at night and one other time every day
Use a fluoride toothpaste. Spit out after brushing but don't rinse.
Clean between teeth everyday. Use interdental brushes or floss as advised.
Reduce the amount and how often you have food and drinks containing sugar. Avoid before bedtime.
Eat more fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water every day
Chew sugar free gum (with xylitol) after eating. Bin it after!
Drink alcohol in moderation
Don't smoke, use tobacco products, shisha pipes or recreational drugs
Keep acidic food and drinks to meatimes only and avoid before bedtime
Be mouth aware. Look out for signs and symptoms of mouth cancer
Visit your dental team regularly. They will advise how often depending on your current oral health needs

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