Adult's Oral Health
Periodontal Health or Healthy Gums
Toothbrushing and Flossing Daily
A simple 2 minutes exercise that can:
• help reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and chronic lung conditions
• reduce risk of preterm low birth weight babies
• reduce risk of complications of diabetes
• reduce risk of pneumonia.
There is now some research showing an association between unhealthy gums (periodontal diseases) and some common systemic conditions. The most concerning are the links to heart disease and stroke, to diabetes and to chronic lung conditions. There is also a link between poor oral health and low birth weight babies and pre-term delivery. All of these are preventable with just 2 minutes of your time daily.
Recipients of Ontario Works (OW) and
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
There are dental programs run by the local municipality to provide regular dental treatment for children to age 17 years, whose parent(s) are recipients of OW, as well as for recipients of ODSP and their dependents. In some municipalities there may be some limited benefits for adults on Ontario Works, at least in emergency situations. Provincial and local government pays for these programs.
Ontario Oral Health Alliance (OOHA)
Problems accessing dental care? There are groups across Ontario working together to help make a difference! Learn more....