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Make good oral health a family priority

September 14, 2012
The Alpena News

A recent public opinion survey commissioned by Oral Health America revealed that Americans are more likely to take a pain killer for a toothache than to consult a dentist. Of those who don't regularly see a dentist, most (73 percent) give financial considerations as the reason. In these tough economic times, many of us are looking for ways to cut corners and save money. No amount of money is worth sacrificing your health, however, and that includes oral health. I would like to remind your readers that brushing, flossing and maintaining regular visits to the dentist not only helps keep your smile healthy, but can ultimately save you money as well.

Dental-related illnesses cause adults to lose more than 164 million work hours and children to lose more than 51 million school hours each year. This time and money could be saved by simply brushing and flossing every day, avoiding tobacco use, eating healthy foods and scheduling regular dentist appointments for preventative care.

Children learn best by example, which means that as adults, we need to take care of our teeth in addition to teaching children how to properly take care of their own. Oral health affects a child's ability to learn in school and can impact future employability. By making good oral health a family matter, we can maintain healthy smiles and avoid costly medical and dental bills at the same time.

Paige Will

Registered Dental Hygienist

Alcona Health Center

Dental Services



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