Dental Health Week 2018

Watch Your Mouth!

Dental Health week is next week and do you know what that means?

CDP is going to be echoing with this year’s theme “Watch your mouth!”. Dental Health Week is a week-long event which will start on the 6th and end of the 12th of August. The Australian Dental Association’s holds this major annual oral health promotional event once yearly. Dental Health Week aims to educate Australians the importance of maintaining good oral health by promoting key messages that include:

  • Brushing twice daily with a toothpaste that contains fluoride
  • using interdental brushes (e.g. Piksters) or flossing between teeth at least once daily
  • eating a well balanced diet full of nutrition
  • limiting sugar intake
  • regularly visiting the dentist for checkups and preventive treatment

This year the theme is a cheeky yet funny catch phrase “Watch Your Mouth”.

Would you like some facts and figures?

In the last year 65% of Australians haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years, 50% of Australians brushing their teeth only once-a-day, Nearly 40% never flossing or cleaning-between their teeth, 73% of young people (14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar. What our diet consists of will determine the health of our gums and teeth. A well balanced diet mixed with brushing twice daily and flossing will ensure a healthy and happy mouth. Getting the message out there about good oral hygiene and how important it truly is is what Dental Health Week is all about! 

Statistics from a recent Australian Dental Health Study conducted by APMI partners in December 2017 showed that:

  • 16% of the population don’t go to the dentist because they “Don’t have the time”
  • 69% of the population visit a dental professional for specific problems
  • 26% visit for dental checkups, four in five parents aren’t aware that the first dental visit for their children should occur by their first birthday
  • 25.5 % of Australian adults have untreated tooth decay
  • 19.8% suffer from gum disease
  • 34.3% of children have experienced tooth decay in their primary teeth

So come on down to CDP, book yourself in for a check up and get on the road to having a healthy and happy mouth.

For more information on the Australian Dental Association visit www.ada.org.au

By Tayla Atkin

Dental Assistant