April 12, 2016

April Focuses on Oral Health

This month’s wellness focus is oral health. Good oral health is important to overall health throughout life, but as we age, our oral care needs change. Gum disease may become an issue, especially if you don’t see your dentist as regularly as before.

According to the Canadian Dental Association, 48% of Canadians who haven’t visited a dentist in the past year have gum disease. Regular exams and cleanings are the best way to prevent and detect gum disease. If you have any of these signs of potential gum disease, see your dentist soon: gums that are red, puffy, shiny, sore or sensitive; bleeding during brushing or flossing; or bad breath that doesn’t go away.

For more information on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, check out the Canadian Dental Association’s Dental Care for Seniors site. The Dental Care option of the ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan can also help you get the dental care you need.

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