Dental Health Week – How’s your Oral Health Tracking?

Dental Health Week takes place this year from 5 to 11 August. It is the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health promotion event to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health.

The key messages of Dental Health Week are: 

•    Brush twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
•    Clean in between teeth at least once a day with floss or an interdental brush.
•    Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit sugar intake.
•    Regularly visit the dentist for check-ups and preventive treatment.

How’s Your Oral Health Tracking?  This year’s tagline “How’s your oral health tracking” highlights the importance of raising awareness of the importance of practicing good oral health.  The concern is that many Australians are not taking their oral hygiene seriously enough so raising awareness has never been more important.

Have you heard about the Oral Health Tracker? This national report card sets out oral health improvement targets for all Australians and puts a spotlight on our current national oral health status.  Developed in collaboration with the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) and other leading Australian oral health experts, the Tracker highlights the intrinsic link between oral health and preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes, conditions and their risk factors.   Aligning with the World Health Organisation Action Plan, which aims to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases by 2025, the Tracker provides a set of targets and indicators to chart progress in addressing the state of Australia’s oral health with the aim of preventing and better managing the resultant chronic diseases over time.  You can read more and download the reports HERE.

The overall situation reported shows that Australian’s need to improve their focus on oral health and hygiene.  The AMA reports that:

•     65% of Australians haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years.
•     50% of Australians brush their teeth only once-a-day.
•     Nearly 40% never floss or clean between their teeth.
•     73% of young people (14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar.

Is it time for you to book in for a check-up, scale and clean at Smile Forever Dental?

We’d love to see you.  Call us on (08) 9321 6877.

Keep smiling,

Jason and the team at Smile Forever Dental.