August 1 – 7 is Dental Health Week.
Its aim is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health in every aspect of their lives. Tooth decay is the most common health condition in Australia and ironically, it’s also easily preventable with a little TLC – tooth love and care.
How to Avoid Tooth Decay:
- Brush for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to reduce your risk of getting decay by 25%
- Floss once a day and visit your dentist every 6 months (or as directed by your dentist) for check-ups
- Monitor your intake of energy drinks, soft drinks, sports drinks and fruit juice. These drinks are acidic and contain high amounts of sugar
- Use a straw and avoid swishing drinks around your mouth. This minimises the acid exposure to your teeth
- Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva (saliva neutralises acids that cause decay) after eating a meal or snack, if you’re unable to brush your teeth
- Eat calcium-rich foods like milk, cheese and yogurt following sugary or acidic food or drinks to help neutralise the acids
- Drink fluoridated tap water to reduce your risk of decay. Fluoride works by making the enamel of your teeth stronger and more resistant to attack by plaque
Please see a list of all HSW Health Tips on the HSW Wellbeing webpage.