September - Oral Health Month


  • Nthabiseng Metsing


benign and malignant, related and very preventable


The month of September is national Oral Health Month and it is during this time where pay special attention to encouraging society to take time to pay extra attention to their oral health routine, principally with the knowledge that two of the world's most common health problems affect the mouth these being cavities (dental caries) and gingivitis & periodontitis (gum disease). Gum disease ranks second only to the common cold in terms of prevalence, with an estimated 90% of South Africans experiencing the problem at some point. It really is in the patients’ best interest to practice good oral hygiene. Not only does it ensure a beautiful smile, but it is
good for their general health – gum disease has been linkedto coronary heart disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes and diabetes. And new research also shows that women with gum disease fiind it harder to conceive. (South African Health Department)


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Metsing , N. (2021). September - Oral Health Month . South African Dental Journal, 76(08), 446. Retrieved from

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