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The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) states that "good oral health is good health".
In recognition of Oral Health Month, the CDHA has published a statement advocating good oral health.
They say that research shows maintaining good dental health helps to protect against diseases like heart disease, diabetes and periodontal disease.
The organization advises that for healthy oral hygiene you should brush your teeth daily, floss regularly, rinse using an antiseptic mouthwash, make healthy food choices and visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Carol-Ann Yakiwchuk, president of the CDHA, said: "The knowledge we have today underscores the importance of good oral hygiene in the protection of our overall health and wellness."
A recent report by the BC Dental Association has also shown how regular check-ups can help detect the onset of very virulent diseases like oral cancer, as any changes in the mouth and gums will be picked up by your regular dentist.
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