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

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. 

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

“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.

Dental Health Week

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.

Dental Health Week 2021 In Mt Gravatt: What’s Up and When

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.

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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

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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