As a trained hygienist, oral health is an ongoing focus for Suji. As the Founder of Simply Smile Studio, Suji provides professional dental cleaning and other services to residents living in and around Surrey. Through her work, Suji recently had the opportunity to meet NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh whose proposed dental plan would cover 6.5 million people and save the average Canadian Family $1200 per year.
April was oral health month, so it was a great opportunity for Jagmeet Singh to meet and mingle with all kinds of professionals in the dental industry to discuss his platform. While most people link dental hygiene to a sparkling smile and clean, fresh breath, the reality is oral health is vital to the health of Canadians. This means brushing twice a day, flossing once, rinsing after meals—and visiting a dental professional for regular check-ups and dental cleaning.
Scheduling an oral healthy check-in is recommended twice a year for best results. Why? First, there’s only so much your toothbrush can do. It’s easy to miss small areas, even with regular brushing and flossing. Eventually, plaque build-up solidifies into hard, sticky tartar. This can lead to periodontal disease, which research from Harvard has linked to a greater risk of heart disease due to increased burden of inflammation on the body. Other health complications caused by poor oral hygiene include:
Besides reducing the risk of gum and by extension heart disease, oral health professionals screen for lesions and inflammation that can be early indicators of oral cancer and diabetes—both highly treatable if caught early, reducing personal distress and costs to the healthcare system.
As oral health professionals, Suji’s team at Simply Smile offers dental cleaning in Surrey. As hygienists, they ensure teeth and gums are healthy while also screening for abnormalities indicative of bigger health issues during all dental cleaning services.
Occasionally skipping a dental appointment can seem relatively minor, especially when budgets are stretched tight. However, oral issues can progress quickly, potentially costing individuals and families thousands. Regular oral care is an investment for healthy, thriving families. It was an honour to meet Jagmeet Singh and discuss his plans to make a vital healthcare service more accessible to Canadians.
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