Brush up on dental health

Facing the facts: Statistics show that 73 per cent of young people (aged 14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar. Ensure you help them create good habits and teach them to brush and floss from a young age.
Facing the facts: Statistics show that 73 per cent of young people (aged 14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar. Ensure you help them create good habits and teach them to brush and floss from a young age.

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With the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) annual Dental Health Week upon us (August 6-12), oral health is in the spotlight. 

The ever-increasing commitments for individuals is a strong influencing factor for general health needs being treated as a second priority in some cases.

‘Watch your Mouth’ is this year’s theme and is a timely reminder that it is important to look after not just your teeth, not just your gums, but your whole mouth. 

Research highlighted by the ADA shows for instance that 65 per cent of Australians haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years, that just under 50 per cent of Australians only brush their teeth once a day, nearly 40 per cent never floss or clean in-between their teeth and three in four young people (aged 14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar.

Dr Kashif Shahzad from Remarkable Dentistry (Peterborough and Burra) said, “Your mouth is a mirror to your body and reflects your general health and well-being.”

“Oral health is much more than a nice smile. Oral diseases can impact every aspect of life, from personal relationships and self-confidence to school to work to even enjoying food.”

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“Parents should look after their children’s oral health and motivate them to care for their teeth and gums as they grow older.”

“It’s never too early or too late to start looking after your mouth – your body will thank you.”

The four oral health basics are:

  • Brush teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Clean in-between teeth once a day (with floss)
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet and limit sugar intake
  • Regularly visit the dentist for check-ups (twice yearly). Prevention is better than the cure.

It is never too late in life to start implementing good oral health practices no matter your age. 

For more information on Dental Health Week go to www.dentalhealthweek.com.au

The team at Remarkable Dentistry are committed to assisting local residents in developing and maintaining positive oral health moving into the future. If you would like to book an appointment for yourself and/or your family members, please call the team on 8651 3007.