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Do I need to floss my teeth?

If you still have most of your teeth and they're tightly jammed together, flossing is important. But for some people, simply flossing might not be enough.
Teeth cleaning at the dentist can remove plaque that regular brushing and flossing can’t. From shutterstock.com

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

Do you really need a dental clean every six months? Most healthy people will probably be OK if they go anually. But some people are at higher risk of cavities or gum disease, and should go more often.
Only three per cent of HIV organizations in British Columbia offer basic dental care to those who need it. (Shutterstock)

People living with HIV struggle to access much-needed dental care

Research shows that many people living with HIV struggle with tooth decay, bleeding gums and tooth sensitivity -- due to the costs of dental care and discrimination by dental professionals.
A key focus has been on strengthening primary health care to reduce demand on hospitals, but there is little evidence of progress. from www.shutterstock.com

New Zealand’s health service performs well, but inequities remain high

New Zealand's health service provides universal and free access to health care, but inequities remain stubbornly high.
Families who are around at mealtimes can check their relatives are swallowing food properly and alert nursing home staff if there’s a problem. from www.shutterstock.com

The shocking state of oral health in our nursing homes, and how family members can help

Poor oral health in our nursing homes can lead to many complications, including choking to death. Here's how family and staff can help advocate for better care.

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