Dental Health Week 2021: Keep Your Smile for Life | Art De Dente Melbourne CBD
Dental Health Week is the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health campaign. It takes place every year in the first full week of August, and this year it falls from 2 to 8 August.
The Dental Health Week 2021 campaign focuses on the importance of caring for your teeth and gums to help you to keep your smile for life.
Four Key Messages
The ADA’s main oral health messages and the four key messages of the 2021 Dental Health Week campaign aim to reinforce the importance of maintaining good oral health to keep your teeth for life:
#1 Brush teeth at least twice a day with fluoride-containing toothpaste for two minutes each time. While you can’t get rid of all the decay-causing bacteria, it is possible to control them. Regular toothbrushing helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease by reducing the amount of bacteria and plaque around the teeth and gums.
#2 Clean between your teeth every day with floss or interdental brushes. Proper flossing removes plaque build-up and food particles in places where a toothbrush can’t easily reach. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, flossing is highly recommended.
#3 Maintain a healthy, balanced diet and limit added sugar consumption. Eating nutrient-rich foods promotes healthy teeth and gums. A balanced eating plan that includes fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods, grains, and dairy provides essential nutrients for optimum oral and overall health.
#4 Visit your Melbourne CBD dentist for check-ups and preventive dental care. Regular dental check-ups help protect not just your oral health but also your overall health. For example, signs and symptoms of some diseases might show up in the mouth first.
The examination also gives your dentist a chance to provide tips on caring for your teeth and to detect oral health problems early on — when they’re most treatable.
Oral Health Facts
We may think that people are practising good oral hygiene, but the reality is that the oral health of many Australians is not close to where it should be.
- 75% of adults rarely or never floss or clean between their teeth.
- 1 out of 5 adults brushes only once per day.
- 39% of parents report their children drink 2-5 softdrinks per week.
- 2 out of 3 adults usually visit their dentist for a problem than a dental check-up.
- 47% of adults consume too much added sugars.
Keep Your Smile for Life!
Add these up, and you lower the chance of suffering tooth decay or gum disease. And that means less time in the dentist chair undergoing costly treatments.
It shouldn’t be a normal expectation that at some point in your life, teeth will need to be pulled because of tooth decay or gum (periodontal) disease.
Australians should expect to keep their teeth for life, and practising these four simple routines can help people to achieve this goal.
After all, you don’t expect to lose an arm or leg, so why expect to lose any of your teeth?
Visit your Melbourne CBD dentist for a consultation today!
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