September is National Oral Health Month!

September is National Oral Health Month – time to pay extra attention to your dental routine, particularly as two of the world’s most common health problems affect the mouth - cavities (dental caries) and gum disease. Caring for your teeth and gums is about far more than a sparkling smile, it’s an investment in your long-term well-being!

You may be surprised to learn that gum disease ranks second only to the common cold in terms of prevalence, with an estimated 90% of South Africans experiencing the problem at some point. Although you may not know you have gum disease, it can be extremely serious, having been linked to coronary heart disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and diabetes. New research from Australia shows that women with gum disease find it harder to conceive.

How do you know if you are at risk? Although diabetics, pregnant women, the elderly and smokers are more likely to have gum disease, everyone is at risk, particularly those who don’t pay proper attention to their oral care. The most obvious sign is bleeding gums but often there are no symptoms.

“Good oral health is vital for all of us, especially if we wish to avoid the perils of gum disease, tooth loss, and extensive dental work. Yet getting people to adhere to a thorough, twice daily, oral health regime, is no easy task,” said Professor Robin Seymour, a leading UK periodontologist and speaker at the 2011 South African Dental Association Congress.

Three steps to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top condition:

1) Brush: Brush twice a day with Dr. Plotka's Soft Bristle Toothbrush, after breakfast and before going to bed at night. It should take at least two minutes to brush properly, cleaning each tooth with a circular motion. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to clean gently under the gum line. Don’t brush too hard as this can damage gums. Replace your toothbrush at least every 3 months (or 4 months if you use Dr. Plotka's brush).

2) Clean in-between the teeth: It is absolutely essential to remove plaque from in-between the teeth where brushing does not reach, as many dental problems, especially gum disease, start in this area. Flossing is one method, but according to the 2008 Dental Fresh Breath Survey, more than a third of South Africans admitted to never having flossed their teeth. Dirna Grobbelaar, Ivohealth’s Oral Health Expert explains that when you don't floss, you're not cleaning 40 percent of the tooth and she deems flossing even more crucial for preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease than brushing.

3) Rinse: “Using an alcohol-free mouthwash after brushing and flossing is an excellent final step in a three-part oral health routine," says Professor Seymour. Gowar recommends using a mouthwash that contains fluoride and is the same pH balance as saliva.

Watch the Youtube Video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViVI_crlEbU

 Did you know that September is also National Children's Cancer Awareness month?

Families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and – importantly – to help raise funds for research and family support.

Read more here - https://www.acco.org/


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