Dental Health Week (6–12 August) is a good time to bite into some good oral hygiene habits to make sure you are looking after your whole mouth, not just your teeth.
Many Victorians don’t realise there is a strong connection between having a healthy mouth and general health and wellbeing, Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) president Dr Kevin Morris said.
“We need our mouths and teeth to eat, speak, and smile and once there is a problem, this can lead to considerable pain and suffering and affect our quality of life and wellbeing.
Tooth decay is Australia’s most common disease yet 65 per cent of Australians haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years. One in five adults have untreated tooth decay and one in five also have gum disease. In addition, oral cancer rates are on the rise.
“With just over half of Australians brushing once a day instead of the recommended twice daily and nearly two in five who never floss or clean in between their teeth—this is critical,” Dr Morris said.
“We also know that not enough Australians are having preventive dental check-ups, with close to seven out of 10 Australians only going to the dentist when they have a problem.”
Dr Morris said that Dental Health Week is the ideal time to start some new habits—and the sooner we start the better.