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February is Oral health Month in Bermuda and the Dental Association is committed to reach out to the Public and promote oral health.

In 2000 the US Surgeon General released a report clearly showing that “Oral health is essential to general health and well being”. We not only use our mouth to eat, speak and smile but a healthy mouth is the first step in having a healthy body.

The mouth has the most blood supply of any part of the body. When we have infections in the mouth, teeth or gums inflammatory products are released into the bloodstream in high quantities. These products contribute to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, lung disease, low birth weights and preterm babies.

Tooth and gum disease are the most common diseases in the developed world and are greatly preventable. The best way to have good oral health is not to not allow problems to begin. That starts with good home brushing and flossing.

Having cleanings and checkups at appropriate intervals allows us to help you maximize your home oral care and catch any problems before they become painful or more difficult to treat. A small cavity filling treated now, can turn into a dental emergency and more complex and expensive a root canal and crown in the future if left untreated.

Visit a dentist regularly to keep your mouth healthy.