Dental Health Week: ‘Gums the Word’ for Better Health Outcomes for Mt Gravatt Locals

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Sherene Lin, Dr Nelson Bayer, Molly Anderson & Courtney Ballam | Photo Credit: Supplied

Did you know that 3 in every 10 adults in Australia have periodontal disease, ranging from gum inflammation to loss of the tooth’s supportive structure and eventually, tooth loss? To mark Dental Health Week, Mt Gravatt locals are encouraged to review their oral health routines to prevent serious health problems.

New research suggests that inadequate care for periodontal disease may lead to other health complications, especially for those with diabetes and cardiovascular risks. Periodontal disease has also been linked to the worsening symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Thus, Dental Health Week (1 to 7 August 2022) is a fantastic reminder for Mt Gravatt locals to reassess their dental hygiene and set an appointment to visit their dentist. 

“If you haven’t seen a dentist this year and don’t have an appointment in your diary it’s worth using Dental Health Week as a reminder to schedule a check-up with your local dentist,” Dr Greg Thomas of Bupa Dental Garden City said. 

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“Regular examinations are the best way of avoiding nasty issues which can become major health problems if left undetected. 

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“Getting into the habit of brushing and flossing properly combined with regular dental appointments give you the best chance of keeping your smile bright, healthy and beautiful.”

Bupa Dental may also carry out oral cancer screening to ascertain that the problems are checked and addressed before they become major issues.

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Dr Cathryn Madden, Bupa Dental Head Dentist, said that it’s important people understand that good oral hygiene is about more than just a beautiful smile or a cavity-free mouth.

“Local residents should take the time to look at their diet and discuss with their families, their dentist or medical professional whether they might be consuming too much sugar which can lead to tooth decay and other mouth issues, when it comes to a healthy mouth and body, you only get out what you put in.”

Bupa Dental is located at Level 2 Westfield Garden City, Cnr Logan Rd and, Kessels Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt.