A lot of people underestimate the importance of dental health. Promoting awareness and educating everyone on the importance of oral hygiene and overall preventative dental care is the focus of the Australian Dental Association’s Dental Health Week in 2021.
Dental Health Week runs from 2-8 August 2021 across the country. It serves as a great reminder for people to stop and think about whether they have seen a dentist during the year. It’s an annual awareness campaign aimed at promoting better oral health practices. This year’s campaign focuses on four key messages:
- Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth daily using floss or interdental brushes.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit added sugar intake.
- Visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and preventive care.
Dr Cathryn Madden, Head Dentist at Bupa Dental Corporation said it’s vital that locals of all ages visit the dentist regularly to protect their oral and general health with data suggesting less than half of all Australians saying they have had a check-up in the last year.
“There is no doubt that looking after your teeth and gums enhances your general health with chronic issues such as diabetes and heart disease both being linked to gum inflammation and periodontal disease. Your dentist will also carry out an oral cancer screening at your check-up,” said Dr Madden.
Aside from setting regular appointments with their local dentists, Dr Madden also encouraged Mt Gravatt residents to focus on maintaining positive oral health practices at home such as brushing twice a day, flossing, and eating a healthy diet.
Oral Health and the Pandemic
It’s understood that the Covid-19 pandemic takes a toll on people’s dental health. As many parts of Queensland come out in and out of lockdown, dental check-ups have been interrupted over the past year for many people.
A 2020 progress report from the Australian Dental Association discovered that one in five adults brush only once per day. The latest findings also revealed the following:
- Around 75% adults rarely or never floss or clean between their teeth.
- 39% of parents report their children drink 2 – 5 soft drinks per week.
- 2 in 3 adults usually visit the dentist for a problem rather than a regular check-up.
- 47% of adults (18+ years) consume too much sugar.
“If like many people, you have been consuming more alcohol or junk food during the COVID-19 pandemic now is a good time to make a resolution to make some healthy diet changes that will help you keep your smile for life!” said Dr Madden.
Bupa Dental Mt Gravatt is located at Level 2 Westfield Garden City, Cnr Logan Rd and, Kessels Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt.
As part of health and safety protocols, Bupa requires appointments, wearing a mask, and temperature check. You can learn more about their services by visiting https://www.bupadental.com.au/.