Dental Health Week takes place from 6 to 12 August, 2018 and is the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health promotion event.
Their latest campaign, entitled ‘Watch Your Mouth’ promotes some key dental health messages including the importance of;
• Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
• Cleaning in between teeth at least once a day with floss or an interdental brush
• Eating a healthy balance diet and limit sugar intake
• Regularly visiting the dentist for check-ups and preventive treatment.
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The Australian Dental Association said only half of Australian’s brush their teeth once a day and 65% of us haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years.
Although many of us are aware of the basics of keeping our mouth healthy, it’s important to remember other factors such as wearing a mouthguard when playing sport.
Each year, thousands of adults and children are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or minimised by simply wearing a mouthguard.
The Australian Dental Association strongly recommends the use of a mouthguard in any sport or activity where collision or contact is likely, and during both games and training.
Statistics show that nearly 40% of Australian’s never floss or clean between their teeth.
And 73% of young people (14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar.
It’s clear that we could all be doing better when it comes to good oral health.