Dental Health Week 2022 – Love Your Teeth
Dental Health Week is an annual event organised by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and held in the first week of August. This year, the theme is ‘Love Your Teeth’. Dental Health Week is all about education and awareness regarding oral health. Not only does it stimulate discussion amongst the wider community, it is also an event which dentists look forward to engaging with every year. Afterall, it brings a great sense of pride and satisfaction to share our knowledge, tips and tricks with our valued patients and local community.
We believe that by maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine and visiting your dentist regularly, you will give yourself you the best chance of enjoying a healthy, happy smile which lasts a lifetime. Here are a few of our top preventive care and oral health tips that will help you achieve just that.
Why It’s Important to Love Your Teeth
Whilst we all go to great lengths to look after our physical and mental health, it is just as important to consider our teeth and gums. Whilst dental issues can be treated, prevention is always better than a cure. Our natural teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but this is only providing they receive the love they deserve.
The three main objectives of the Dental Health Week campaign are:
1. Promote oral health education and awareness in the general community
2. Motivate and educate dental professionals to promote oral health
3. Encourage ongoing collaboration within the dental profession
As Australian’s are now learning to live with COVID, now is the perfect time to reconnect with your dentist and check in with your oral health. If lockdowns and health concerns prevented you from visiting the dentist, now is the time to book an appointment and get back on track with looking after your oral health.
Oral Health Tips for Ensuring a Great Smile for Life
By maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and adopting a few simple lifestyle changes, you are making an investment in your dental health. ADA research has revealed that one in five adults only brush their teeth once per day, whilst more than 60% of adults have not visited the dentist for at least 2 years. Neglecting these basic measures can substantially increase the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other issues arising due to poor oral health.
Here are a few of our top tips for ensuring a healthy smile for life:
- Brushing – Brush twice daily using a soft/medium toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. This is a critical part of oral hygiene, as it helps to remove cavity causing plaque whilst also strengthening tooth enamel.
- Floss once daily – Flossing is just as important as brushing, and it should be performed at least once daily. Flossing helps to clear away trapped food particles which get caught between the teeth. If they are not removed, you may experience decay and plaque build-up in these difficult to reach areas.
- Reduce Sugar Intake – Excessive consumption of sugary drinks and snacks are a leading cause of cavities. Sugar should make up less than 10% of your total energy intake. For maximum health benefits and to reduce your risk of cavities, try to limit sugar consumption to less than 6 teaspoons or 25g per day.
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly – It is important to attend routine check-ups every 6 to 12 months. This is an integral part of preventive care, as it will ensure any issues are identified and treated in the early stages – before they become much more problematic.
Book an Appointment at iSmile Dentistry Today
We look forward to celebrating Dental Health Week 2022, and we would love to see you at our St Leonards Dental Clinic. Book an appointment today by calling our friendly team on 02 9030 4310.