The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) has launched a new campaign to encourage Victorians to take control of their dental health by visiting an ADA dentist regularly.
Only 50 per cent of Australians regularly visit the dentist, and tooth decay and gum disease are two of the most common health conditions affecting Australians.
“Frank the molar is here to remind you to take control of your dental health, and visit the dentist at least once a year,” ADAVB President Dr Gitika Sanghvi said.
“Along with brushing twice per day, flossing and reducing sugar consumption, regular dental visits are an important way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent disease. They provide an opportunity to detect problems early and prevent them from becoming worse.”
The campaign, created by The Shannon Group, encourages people to take control and avoid pain and prevent complex dental issues by seeing an ADA member dentist regularly.
Victorians can find an ADA dentist by visiting findadentist.adavb.org and searching for a preferred suburb or a practitioner’s name.
“Convenience is important so it is helpful to search for a dentist that might be near where you work, live or study or where your children go to school,” Dr Sanghvi said.
“Anything that makes the visit more accessible and easier to fit into your day, such as during your lunch break or straight after school, is important.”
Good oral health is critical to good general health. It helps people to eat, speak and socialise without pain or embarrassment. Poor oral health can result in pain, a lack of access to employment opportunities, missed days at work and school, and an inability to eat healthy foods, and it can make other problems, such as heart disease and diabetes worse.