Colleen Fermon, Director
25 Green St.
Ipswich, MA 01938
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Ipswich Public Health Shares Tips for World Oral Health Day
IPSWICH — With World Oral Health Day coming up next week, the Ipswich Public Health Department is reminding residents about the importance of proper dental hygiene habits and encouraging the community to take advantage of a free dental clinic next month.
World Oral Health Day is recognized every year on March 20 and is meant to increase awareness about good oral hygiene and the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.
“Practicing good oral hygiene is extremely important to protect your mouth, but also your entire body,” said Ipswich Public Health Director Colleen Fermon. “Make sure you’re keeping up with regular dental visits and talk to your dentist if you have any concerns.”
This year’s theme, “Think Mouth, Think Health,” is meant to remind people of the importance of the close relationship between oral health and general health, and the impact that one has on the other.
According to the FDI World Dental Federation, 3.9 billion people worldwide are affected by oral diseases and chronic conditions kill 39.5 million people every year. The most common oral diseases are tooth decay and gum disease, but can take many on many other forms. When oral diseases are not properly managed they can affect the rest of your body.
To protect your mouth and body, Ipswich Public Health recommends the following tips from the FDI World Dental Federation:
- Eat a healthy diet low in sugar, high in fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid tobacco use.
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, using either a manual or electric toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste.
- Don’t rinse with water straight after brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste instead.
- Rise with a fluoride mouthwash or chew sugar-free gum after meals and snacks when brushing isn’t possible.
- Clean between your teeth using floss or other interdental cleaners for additional benefits.
- Wear a mouthguard when engaging in contact sports.
- Have regular dental check-ups.
In conjunction with the Ipswich Public Schools, the Ipswich Public Health Department will be holding its eighth annual free dental clinic for children on Thursday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St. in room C.
The free preventative care clinic is provided by the Polished Teeth team, based in Southbridge, and includes free dental screenings, cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments for children. Adults are also able to receive a screening and cleaning for a discounted rate of $49.
The dental clinic is available by appointment only. For questions or to schedule an appointment please text Ellen at 508-237-5378 or email [email protected].