Dental Health Week 2019: How’s your Oral Health Tracking?

The Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) major oral health promotion, Dental Health Week, is upon us again. As ADA members and firm believers in ‘prevention is always better than cure,’ we are pleased to join in on the Dental Health Week celebrations. Dental Health week this year is running from the 5th to 11th of August and is targeting ‘How’s your Oral Health Tracking?’

In our increasingly busy lives it is easy for us to let our oral health routine slide, even in the basics such as brushing. The latest ADA track shows 50% of Australians brush their teeth only once-a-day, 65% of Australians haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years, nearly 40% never floss or clean between their teeth and 73% of young people (14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar. These are starling figures and is the one of reasons for this year’s theme. It is all about reminding us all that weare fully responsible for our own oral health, questioning whether or not we are on track and caring for your teeth properly. After all, we want our teeth for life!

The four basics of oral health is as follows:

•    Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

•    Clean in between teeth at least once a day with floss or an interdental brush.

•    Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit sugar intake.

•    Regularly visit the dentist for check-ups and preventive treatment.

The reality is our oral health is not where it should be. So if you’re not already implementing healthy oral practices, a nutritious diet, drinking more water and visiting your dentist regularly, it’s time to get your oral health on track! It is never too late; no matter what life stage you are in.

For more healthy oral tips and tricks, or further information on Dental Health Week, visit www.dentalhealthweek.com.au.

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