Promote good oral health at every opportunity

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Promote good oral health at every opportunity

Carmen Fookes

Flossing [image: iStock]
Oral health directly affects mental and physical wellbeing [image: iStock]

Manaia is back in your pharmacy today after coming in last week for some nicotine replacement therapy. He asks for something for mouth ulcers, as four small ones have come up in his mouth since he quit smoking. He also wants something for bleeding gums, which he says is a long-standing problem of his, despite the fact he brushes his teeth twice a day

Oral diseases are a significant health burden for most countries, and New Zealand is no exception. Tooth decay has been identified by the Ministry of
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