It’s National Women’s Health Week (May 12–18) – 3 Things You Can Do to Do Improve Your Oral Health

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health is celebrating its annual National Women’s Health Week May 12-18, 2019. The event aims to encourage women to take steps to protect and improve their physical and mental health. One key focus is oral health. Proper care of teeth and gums means more than just a beautiful smile – it can help promote overall physical health.



 Three Ways Women Can Improve Their Oral Health

  1. Stop using tobacco products. Tobacco does far more than stain teeth. It can aggravate tooth decay and dental infections. It also increases a woman’s risk of oral cancer. Many resources are available to help you quit, including counseling and medications.
  2. Visit your dentist’s office for regular checkups and follow-up oral care. Surveys reveal that women have the edge on men when it comes to visiting the dentist’s office, so follow your dentist’s recommendations on how often to visit, and schedule follow-up appointments to resolve any oral health problems.
  3. Improve the health of your gums if you are starting a family. If you are trying to become pregnant, have your dentist check your gums for any sign of disease. The chronic bacteria-fueled inflammation caused by gum disease is linked to a greater risk of bearing a preterm or low-birth-weight baby.

“Along with other activities such as daily flossing and brushing, following these oral health tips can help women live more comfortable, active lives,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist who practices in central Phoenix and is the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates.



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