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

3 August 2018

This Dental Health Week (DHW) (6 – 12 August), the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is reminding
everyone to ‘watch your mouth’ due to the latest national survey conducted by the ADA showing that
Australians are not prioritising their oral health.*

Earlier this year, the ADA launched Australia’s Oral Health Tracker which responded to data showing
half of Australians (52%) 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.

Tooth decay is Australia’s most common disease. One in five adults have untreated tooth decay and
one in five also have gum disease, with oral cancer rates also on the rise.**

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,” said Dr Sachs.

Matt Sinclair, MasterChef 2016 Runner Up, Restaurateur and Ambassador for Dental Health Week
2018 said, “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.”

Four 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

For more information on the Australian Dental Association or to find a dentist, visit www.ada.org.au/findadentist

For more on Dental Health Week, check out: www.dentalhealthweek.com.au

You can also visit the ADA’s Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #watchyourmouth and
#dentalhealthweek.
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