Dental Health Week 2018

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Brushing up: Good dental care usually starts from a young age, so it’s important to set habits early and encourage children to watch their mouth by employing good dental hygiene tactics. ​

Brushing up: Good dental care usually starts from a young age, so it’s important to set habits early and encourage children to watch their mouth by employing good dental hygiene tactics. ​

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.

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. 

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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.