1 in 5 reported non-battlefield injuries on deployment are dental related issues.

Proper oral hygiene is important for service members (SM) because dental neglect can cause:

  • Decline in duty performance.
  • Lack of concentration
  • Work loss
  • Restricted activity
  • Difficulty eating
  • Trouble speaking correctly.
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Unbearable pain

All these results will negatively impact a unit’s mission and capabilities.

Oral health does not only impact the mouth. It can lead to other chronic health issues that can take SMs out of the fight. These include cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, twice a day.
  • Clean between teeth daily by flossing.
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year. (Once a year is the military standard)
  • Avoid smoking, vaping, and e-cigarettes.
  • Avoid refined sugars in sweets, candy, and energy drinks.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Include fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy such as cheese and yogurt, and lean protein such as chicken and fish into your meals.
  • Drink water