Although the mouth is part of the body, we often think of it as something separate. We often ignore bleeding or tender gums, while an irritation or pain elsewhere in the body would mean a trip to the doctor.

Poor oral health can affect a person's quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socializes. These oral health problems can reduce a person's quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social well-being.

The reality is that oral health problems could be a sign of something serious such as oral cancer. Every year approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer and 1,050 deaths from oral cancer occur. This devastating disease has a low survival rate because it is often diagnosed very late. With early detection the survival rate of oral cancer can be greatly improved. This means going to your dentist for regular dental exams. Your dentist has the training and experience to detect oral cancer early.

Everything that happens in your mouth affects your whole body, which is why it is so important to visit your dentist regularly. Only your dentist has the training, skills and expertise to properly address all your oral health care needs. Regular dental exams help prevent small problems from getting worse.

As part of a healthy lifestyle and to help reduce the risk of oral disease, follow CDA's 5 steps to good oral health.

Oral Health Activities and Resources

Fact Sheet and Posters
Activities for Children and Adults
Dentist Questions and Answers
Media Campaign Newspaper articles

Disclaimer: This information is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a dentist. For oral health advice, speak to your dentist. Only your dentist has the training, skills and expertise to properly address all your oral health care needs.

Fact Sheet and Posters

CDA has created a series of fact sheets and posters to promote the importance of good oral health.

Magic Eye Tooth Decay Poster
Magic Eye: Not everybody can see it, but your dentist can. (PDF 956 KB)
Oral Cancer Prevention Poster
Gum Disease: Not everybody can see it, but your dentist can. (PDF 2.5 MB)
Oral Cancer Prevention Poster
Oral Cancer: Not everybody can see it, but your dentist can. (PDF 418 KB)
5 Steps to Good Oral Health fact sheet
5 Steps to Good Oral Health fact sheet (PDF 192 KB)
Crossword Puzzle Poster
Crossword Puzzle Poster (PDF 523 KB)
Toothberg Poster
Toothberg Poster (PDF 160 KB)

Oral Health Activities for Children and Adults

Have fun while learning about oral health using these educational tools, including a dental quiz, a word-find game and activities designed for children.

Adult Educational Tools:

Children's Activities:

Dentist Questions and Answers

CDA has prepared a list of questions and answers about oral health topics. (PDF 140 KB)

Media Campaign Newspaper articles

To promote the Oral Health Good for LifeTM message to Canadians, CDA has prepared and circulated the following print articles to various daily, weekly and community newspaper outlets across Canada. You are welcome to reproduce these in your own oral health promotions.

View the articles:

Oral health: an important piece of your overall health
Five steps to good oral health
Put a smile in your body: visit your dentist
Choose the seal on oral care products
More Canadians suffering from dental erosion
Three steps to preventing dental erosion
National Oral Health MonthTM - Get snack smart with your kids

Media Relations Contact Information

To arrange an interview or to obtain more information or story ideas related to oral health and to CDA's National Oral Health Month campaign, contact:

Tel.: (613) 523-1770