Most people realize we depend on good oral health to speak, smile, taste, chew and swallow, but many don’t know that research suggests oral health mirrors our overall health. In fact, poor oral hygiene can lead to problems with the heart, intestines and other major organs.
Oral diseases ranging from cavities to oral cancer can cause pain and even disability for millions of people each year.
Our health educators offer dental health education emphasizing the important relationship between dental health and overall health. They cover a wide scope of topics including:
- Proper brushing and flossing
- Dental nutrition
- Decay (cavity) prevention
- Dental safety and sports
- Effects of tobacco use on dental health
- Oral cancer prevention
Contact your local health department and ask for a health educator for more information. Also, check out our oral health program for school children, where you can get tips for fighting tooth decay and learn about our mobile dental care unit, Smile Travelers.