Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. It is a state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing (World Health Organization Europe). Risk factors for poor oral health include tobacco use, alcohol use and a diet high in sugar. Prevention is the key to oral health improvement and includes leading a healthy lifestyle, having good daily oral hygiene (brushing teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste) and having regular dental check-ups.

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