Oral Health for Busy Lives is the theme of this year’s Dental Health Week, which runs from August 7 to 13.
How often you brush, how long, your technique and your toothbrush all impact on the effectiveness of your brushing. Ask your dentist what is right for you.
An initiative of the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the aim of the week is to help you appreciate that, no matter how busy you are, it is possible to fit caring for your teeth and gums into an already-overcrowded diary.
For the week the team at Kingscote Dental Surgery are holding a “Guess how many” toothpastes in the jar competition. The winner of the correct guess will win a mixed basket of dental and fun goodies.
On the August 11 two members from the Kingscote Dental Team will also be running an information session at the Kingscote Playgroup for parents and children. There will be fun for kids and helpful information for parents.
Treating dental health as an ‘optional extra’ can lead to big problems later. The ADA recommends the following;
Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with small head and flexible neck. Hold the toothbrush at gumline at a 45-degree angle. Replace your toothbrush every three months.
If you’re relying solely on brushing you’re missing out on effectively cleaning a large portion of your teeth. Flossing helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath.
Make daily flossing part of your oral hygiene regime. Ask your dentist to demonstrate the correct flossing technique. Children should also start flossing as soon as they have two teeth that touch.
Limit your sugar intake, as it is the single biggest cause of tooth decay. Avoid fizzy drinks –fluoridated tap water is best. Read the ingredients label on food products, as many have hidden sugars.
Have regular dental check-ups. Visit your dentist at least once a year.
Wear a mouthguard. Use one custom-fitted by a dentist, in any activity where collision or contact is likely.