Oral Hygiene Month and You

Health Tips presented by Tellier Guardian Pharmacy

April is Oral Hygiene Month! 

Your teeth vary in shape and size depending on where they are in your mouth. These differences allow the teeth to do many different jobs. Teeth help us to chew and digest food. They help us to talk, and to pronounce different sounds clearly. Finally, teeth help to give our face its shape. A healthy smile can be a great asset; and because this is so important, it makes sense to give your teeth the best care possible.

Here are some tips for a Healthy Mouth!

  • Brush and floss daily. Learn more about oral hygiene practices for all ages.
  • Eat a healthy diet according to Canada’s Food Guide.
  • Find out if your municipal water is fluoridated? If not, ask your municipal councillors about fluoridated water and its benefits.
  • Have regular visits with a dental professional. See your dental professional immediately if you notice any problems with your mouth and teeth.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of oral cancer.
  • Think about quitting smoking and/or using tobacco products.
  • Know about the connections between diabetes and your oral health, especially if you are diabetic.

Fluoride helps to keep your teeth healthy at any age. From the time you are a baby to your senior years, fluoride strengthens teeth and repairs damage caused by tooth decay acids. Healthy teeth are an important part of overall health. They let us speak, eat and feel good about ourselves.  Talk to your Guardian pharmacist about a toothpaste that best suits your needs.

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Alberta/Pages/ten-fluoride-facts.aspx

 

Are you planning ahead?

Advance Care Planning is a way to help you think about, talk about and document wishes for health care in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care.

You may never need your advance care plan – but if you do, you’ll be glad that it’s there and that you have had these conversations, to make sure that your voice is heard when you cannot speak for yourself.

Goals of Care Designation is a medical order used to describe and communicate the general aim or focus of care including the preferred location of that care.

Although advance care planning conversations don’t always result in determining goal of care designation, they make sure your voice is heard when you cannot speak for yourself.

http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page12585.aspx

Fitness: Getting Around Barriers to Exercise

Even when you know the good things about being active, you may find it hard to change your lifestyle until you deal with the reasons you give yourself for not being active. Barriers to exercise include the valid reasons you aren’t active and the excuses you make to avoid something you dislike or fear.

Why don’t you exercise? For a few days or a week, write down your reasons for not exercising. Then for each of your reasons, write a response that prompts you to reconsider your choice. Look at this list of reasons and responses whenever you are about to make a choice about exercising.

Learn about fitness and exercise

Physical activity is not just for jocks. It’s for everyone. Being active can help you stay healthy, control your weight, and get the most out of life. No matter what your age or condition, there is a type of exercise that’s right for you.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get the exercise you need to stay healthy.

Experts recommend at least 2½ hours of moderate activity (such as brisk walking, brisk cycling, or yard work) a week.

To stay motivated, find a walking partner, such as a family member, friend, or co-worker. Daily dog walks are also a great way to keep up your walking routine.

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/health/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=center1016

 

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