Watch Your Mouth this Dental Health Week (6-12 August 2018)

3 August 2018

This year during Dental Health Week (6 – 12 August), the ADA is reminding everyone to #WatchYourMouth, in the light of the latest national survey conducted by the Association that showed Australians are not prioritising their oral health. 

It follows the launch earlier this year by the ADA of Australia’s Oral Health Tracker which was developed in response to data showing that just over 52% of Australians are only brushing once a day instead of the recommended twice daily and nearly two in five (38%) never floss or clean in between their teeth. Australians also need more regular dental check-ups, with 69% only going to the dentist when they have a problem. 

This is especially concerning given the fact that tooth decay is Australia’s most common disease, with one in five adults having untreated tooth decay and one in five also have gum disease, with oral cancer rates also on the rise. 

To help combat these figures, Dental Health Week 2018 is stressing these four key tips for good oral health: 

• Brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste 
• Clean in between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes 
• Eat a healthy diet, limit sugary foods and drinks 
• Visit your dentist regularly 

Dr Hugo Sachs, ADA President said Dental Health Week is an opportunity for people to take a look and learn more about why a healthy mouth is so important. 

"Good oral health is vital to good overall health, so watching your mouth will help maintain your general wellbeing. Watching your mouth means: brushing and flossing, eating a healthy diet, lowering our sugar and alcohol intake, stopping smoking and seeing your dentist for regular check-ups. These good habits will greatly reduce the risk of oral disease." 

This year's Ambassador for Dental Health Week 2018, MasterChef 2016 runner-up and restaurateur Matt Sinclair, added: 

"Quality oral hygiene has always been paramount in my life; it was something we were raised to be very conscious of. Mum would never allow us to go to school or bed without brushing our teeth and our regular dentist check-ups were compulsory. As the Dental Health Week Ambassador, I’m encouraging Australians to watch their mouth and take their oral health seriously. 

"Working as a chef, I’m constantly tasting food throughout the day, so I’m more aware of the importance of looking after my mouth. Simple regular oral hygiene habits, seeing a dentist for checkups and eating good quality fresh food will ensure our mouths and teeth can continue to perform for us.” 

To follow the extensive range of Dental Health Week events, search #DentalHealthWeek and #WatchYourMouth on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram