Dental Health Week 2021

Dental Health Week 2021

Dental Health Week (DHW) is the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) major annual oral health campaign. It takes place each year in the first full week of August, and this year it runs from 2 – 8 August.

Here at Canberra Dental Care we are passionate about good oral health. As Canberra dentists we want to make sure that our community has the best dental treatment.

The 2021 campaign focuses on the importance of taking steps to care for your teeth and gums to help you to keep your teeth and smile for life. The ADA’s main oral health messages and the four key messages of the 2021 DHW campaign aim to reinforce the importance of maintaining good oral health to keep your teeth for life:

1. Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
2. Clean between your teeth daily using floss or interdental brushes.
3. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit added sugar intake.
4. Visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and preventive care.

Australians should expect to keep their teeth for their lifetime and practising these four simple routines can help people to reach this goal. After all, you do not expect to lose an arm or leg, so why expect to lose any of your teeth?

Tempting as it is to think that everyone is practising good teeth and mouth hygiene, the reality is that the oral health of many Australians is not where it should be.

Some worrying dental statistics

75% adults rarely or never floss or clean between their teeth.
1 in 5 adults brush only once per day.
39% of parents report their children drink 2 – 5 soft drinks per week.
2 in 3 adults usually visit the dentist for a problem rather than a regular check-up.
47% of adults (18+ years) consume too much sugar.
Appointments are available with our dental hygienists and our dentists. You can book on line or by phoning reception during business hours.