With the Australian Dental Association (ADA) annual Dental Health Week upon us, it again puts our Oral Health in the spotlight.
The results of a recent survey commissioned by the ADA, revealed that only 51 per cent of Australians brush twice-a-day, only 17 per cent floss regularly, and only 35 per cent visit their dentist at the recommended frequency.
“The most common problem that keeps people from brushing teeth properly is that they don’t brush for long enough,” according to Dr Vijay Mirtipati from Kangaroo Island Dental.
“Most dentists recommend brushing for two to three minutes, spending at least 30 seconds on each ‘quadrant’ of your mouth.”
The increasing commitments for families these days are an influencing factor for individuals putting their general health needs as a second priority in some cases.
The focus on Oral Health for Busy Lives this year for Dental Health week is a timely reminder that it is important and necessary to fit caring for your teeth and gums into an already crowded diary instead of putting it on the backburner, a temptation when there’s so much to do.
After all, we find the time to get our cars serviced and our hair styled, so why not care for our teeth which is arguably far more important.
It is never too late in life to start implementing good oral health practices no matter your age. The team at Kangaroo Island Dental are committed to helping patients develop and maintain positive oral health.