The results are in! Poor oral hygiene among adults and kids is attributing to alarmingly high levels of tooth decay and cavities.
Australia has failed its first ever national oral health check up with data showing more than 90% of Australian adults suffered from decay in their permanent teeth.
Did you know if you are not brushing your teeth twice daily you are putting yourself at risk of dental problems? Further to this, you’re also putting your general health at risk. Shockingly, the study revealed only half of adult’s brush their teeth twice a day.
So, how does your dental health stack up? Feeling like a thorough check-up and clean is in order? Contact Complete Dental today to organise your appointment.
Dental health and general health
Poor oral hygiene can lead to serious health problems including heart disease, diabetes and respiratory infection. Preventing onset of oral disease has a direct correlation to avoiding chronic disease in the future. Inflammation within the gums and the chemicals it releases can deteriorate the gums and bone, which in turn can spread to other areas of the body. Delaying regular dental check-ups and not addressing oral health concerns can have a greater impact than many people realise.
With advancement in dental techniques, the link between oral diseases and general health problems are no longer a far-fetched concept among dentists and their patients. On-going dental problems could mean a deterioration in general health. Regular dental check-ups can save you from health issues later in life.
Taking care of my teeth
Smoking, drinking alcohol, eating sugar and a highly refined diet contribute to both dental and general health problems. Kids especially are consuming more sugar than ever. Especially with children sugar can lead to decay in their baby teeth making them susceptible to dental decay and cavities as adults.
How to improve oral hygiene
Regular check-up and professional clean are essential in preventing tartar build up and preventing the onset of dental issues. Proper oral hygiene involves brushing twice a day, flossing, limiting intake of alcohol, giving up smoking and eating a teeth friendly diet. It is important to take care of your general health and wellbeing so you can have healthy teeth and body for life.
Children’s dentistry is important
The report also showed one-third of Australia’s five to six year-olds have decay in their baby teeth. Dr Hugo Sachs (Federal President of the Australian Dental Association) says “this unacceptably high rate puts these children at risk of poor oral health development in their development and adult years”. Instilling proper oral hygiene habits early in life means you give your child a head start.
What is preventive dental care?
Mastering the art of good dental hygiene is a fundamental component of preventive dental care. Keeping your teeth for the rest of your life with minimal intervention is extremely important. Preventive dental care reduces your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease and is a great step toward maintaining your natural teeth for life.