Your mouth is a mirror to your body and reflects your general health and well-being.

Avoid risk factors, adopt good oral hygiene habits and have regular dental check-ups to help protect your mouth and body.

A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand. Maintaining a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping it functioning correctly and for maintaining overall health and quality of life.

‘Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health’ empowers you to keep a healthy mouth and helps you maintain your general health and well-being.

It’s never too early or too late to start looking after your mouth; your body will thank you.

Oral health is much more than a nice smile

Oral diseases can impact every aspect of life, from personal relationships and self-confidence to school to work to even enjoying food.

Parents should look after their children’s oral health and motivate them to care for their teeth and gums as they grow older.

Oral health and general health 
 have a two-way relationship

The mouth is the mirror to the body and offers clues about the status of general health, revealing nutritional deficiencies and signs of other diseases.

Adopt good oral hygiene habits and have regular dental check-ups to contribute to a lifetime of well-being and better quality of life as you age.

The mouth cannot be isolated 
 from the rest of the body

Many general health conditions increase the risk of oral diseases, such as diabetes increasing the risk of gum disease, and problems in the mouth can also negatively impact the rest of the body.

Choose preventive care as the best option, always, and know that early detection and treatment are crucial to fighting oral diseases and associated health complications.

Most oral diseases share common 
 risk factors with other diseases

Most oral diseases share common risk factors with other diseases

Oral health is essential to general health and well-being. Unhealthy diets (particularly high in sugar), tobacco use, and harmful use of alcohol, are common risk factors contributing to oral diseases and other diseases.

Protect your mouth and body by adopting good oral hygiene habits, eating a healthy diet – low in sugar and high in fruits and vegetables, quitting tobacco use, and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption.

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