Dental Health Week takes place this year from 6 to 12 August and is the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health promotion event.
Its aim is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health and this year’s theme is Watch Your Mouth.
Dr Peter Alldritt is a consultant to the Oral Health Committee at the Australian Dental Association and has a number of key messages for Australian’s this year.
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“Tooth decay is the most chronic disease in Australia today.”
He advised patients to steer clear of sugar and to brush frequently.
It’s important to check labels when you shop for hidden sugar content and try to reduce your consumption.
Dr. Alldritt advised that you need to brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste.
He also advised that you spit your toothpaste out and don’t rinse your toothpaste out.
“You also need to clean between your teeth once a day.”
Regular dental visits
Although the norm is to visit the dentist once a year, Dr Alldritt said it’s important to assess each patient individually. Depending on your diet, oral hygiene, genetics or recurring issues, you may need see your dentist more regularly.
Dr Alldritt said not smoking and the use of mouthguards were also important to save your teeth and watch your mouth.