April is National Oral Health Day

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We can’t think of a better opportunity to remind you that regular checkups with Swiss Denture Clinic, your denturist in Calgary, are crucial in identifying oral health problems. While we’re always happy to repair or replace your denture as needed, we also recommend bi-annual appointments to ensure that your mouth is at its healthiest.

Annually, 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer and when caught early, it can be effectively treated. A denturist is qualified to recognize the symptoms associated with oral cancer as well as other oral health issues.

In addition to having regular checkups, be familiar with symptoms, including:

• Sores, particularly those that bleed or won’t heal
• Growths, lumps or thickened skin
• Troubles swallowing or chewing
• Pain in the tongue, jaw or throat
• Loose teeth
• Poorly fitting dentures

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, then be sure to schedule a visit at our denture clinic in Calgary as soon as possible.

Five Tips for Preventing Oral Cancer:

1. Stop smoking.
Cancer-causing agents in cigarettes and other forms of tobacco can make your mouth vulnerable to oral cancer as well as other oral health issues like gum disease.

2. Drink in moderation.
Adhere to World Health Organization guidelines restricting alcohol consumption (one drink a day for women and two for men). Excessive alcohol consumption puts you at risk for oral and other cancers.

3. Eat your veggies.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables provides you the vitamins and antioxidants you need to help stave off cancer. A wide variety is best.

4. Protect your lips from the sun.
Wear a lip product with sunscreen and a broad-brimmed hat when out in the sun. Stay in the shade as much as possible.

5. Visit your denturist regularly.
Dental professionals are qualified to detect abnormalities in your mouth. Early detection is key to effectively treating oral cancer.

This National Oral Health Month, make sure your mouth is a healthy mouth. Be sure to book an Appointment with a Calgary denture clinic today. Knowing your oral health is at peak will definitely give you something to smile about.

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