Get your oral health promotion skills in shape for Dental Health Week 2020

11 June 2020

Dental Health Week, which takes places from 3rd to 9th August this year, is fast approaching. 

The theme this year is “How much sugar is hiding in your trolley?”, which aims to show the average Australian just how much hidden sugar is lurking in the processed food they eat, how it affects their oral and general health, and how they can eat sugar responsibly. 

As part of this promotional effort, which aims to make Australians far more “sugar savvy”, Dental Health Week will also be driving the following four points home: 

- Brush twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. 

- Clean in between teeth at least once a day with floss or an interdental brush. 

- Eat a nutritious diet and limit sugar intake. 

- Regularly visit the dentist for check-ups and preventive treatment. 

There is no better time to help your patients and members of the community to understand how sugar impacts their health and so, to help you make the most of this opportunity, the ADA is launching an email series that will help you and your practice or workplace to make the most of any promotional efforts you have planned. 

The series will provide everyone in the dental team, from dentists to practice managers, hygienists to dental assistants, receptionists and beyond, with the tools they need to promote the hidden dangers of sugar through their practice, at community events or via digital channels. 

These resources include everything from how to use social media more effectively to how to stage a memorable presentation, whether it’s at a mothers’ group, school or shopping centre, useful articles and information from the ADA and ABC Life and various campaigns such as Rethink Sugary Drink, Sugar by Half, and of course, past Dental Health Week campaigns. 

It’s everything you need to make a real name for good oral health this Dental Health Week and all you need to do to receive them is to sign up for the series.

Happy oral health promoting everyone!