Wed, Aug 08, 2018 - 10:24 AM
This Dental Health Week (6 – 12 August), the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is reminding everyone to “watch your mouth” due to the latest national survey conducted by the ADA showing that Australians are not prioritizing their oral health.
Earlier this year, the ADA launched Australia’s Oral Health Tracker which responded to data showing half of Australians (52%) are only brushing once a day instead of the recommended twice daily and nearly two in five (38%) never floss or clean in between their teeth. Australians also need more regular dental check-ups, with 69% only going to the dentist when they have a problem.
Tooth decay is Australia’s most common disease. One in five adults have untreated tooth decay and one in five also have gum disease, with oral cancer rates also on the rise.
Dr Hugo Sachs, ADA President said Dental Health Week is an opportunity for people to take a look and learn more about why a healthy mouth is so important.
“Good oral health is vital to good overall health, so watching your mouth will help maintain your general wellbeing. Watching your mouth means: brushing and flossing, eating a healthy diet, lowering our sugar and alcohol intake, stopping smoking and seeing your dentist for regular check-ups. These good habits will greatly reduce the risk of oral disease,” said Dr Sachs.
Matt Sinclair, MasterChef 2016 Runner Up, Restaurateur and Ambassador for Dental Health Week 2018 said, “Quality oral hygiene has always been paramount in my life, it was something we were raised to be very conscious of. Mum would never allow us to go to school or bed without brushing our teeth and our regular dentist check-ups were compulsory. As the Dental Health Week Ambassador, I’m encouraging Australians to watch their mouth and take their oral health seriously.
“Working as a chef, I’m constantly tasting food throughout the day, so I’m more aware of the importance of looking after my mouth. Simple regular oral hygiene habits, seeing a dentist for checkups and eating good quality fresh food will ensure our mouths and teeth can continue to perform for us.”