Healthy Mouth, Thriving Body: 4 steps to keep your teeth for life!

Join us this week in celebrating Australian Dental Health Week 2023! With the exciting theme of “Mind, Body, Mouth, it’s all connected,” this year’s event promises to be bigger, better, and brimming with all things dental health.

From the 7th of August to the 13th of August, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is uniting individuals, families, and communities across the nation to raise awareness about the vital importance of maintaining good oral health and how it has an impact on the rest of the body.

Almost half of Australians have one or more chronic illnesses, yet 70% of people are unaware of the link between their oral health and chronic medical conditions due to bacteria in the mouth travelling to different sites of the body. There is a particularly strong link between severe gum disease and conditions like diabetes and heart disease which people need to be aware of.

Dental Health Week focuses on the importance of taking steps to properly care for your teeth and gums to prevent these unwanted illnesses and keep your teeth for life.

Here are 4 key steps to help keep your teeth for life

1. Care for your teeth by brushing twice a day

Show your teeth you care by brushing two times every day for at least 2 minutes, making sure that you brush your gums as well. To properly look after your sensitive teeth, use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles. Also, don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every 3 months!

2. Show your teeth some love by flossing every day

Love your teeth by flossing at least once every day using floss, interdental brushes, or a water flosser. The little ones can also join in on the flossing action as soon as they have two teeth touching side-by-side.

3. Treat your teeth to healthy foods and drinks

Teeth aren’t made for lots of sugary treats as this can lead to tooth decay. Instead of reaching for sugary foods such as lollies, snack on some cheese, nuts and vegetables instead! The same also goes for drinks, instead of having fizzy drinks try grabbing some water.

4. Take your teeth for regular trips to the dentist

You may not have been to the dentist for a little while or it may be time for your regular check-up. It is suggested to visit your dentist at least once per year – but here at the Health Hub we always welcome extra visits if necessary.

Book your appointment online or call 1300 709 076 to talk to one of our friendly team members from the Health Hub.

For more information and tips on caring for your teeth and mouth, check out the Australian Dental Association’s website https://www.teeth.org.au/

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