Brushing your teeth is imperative to maintain your oral health.
It may come as a surprise, but a dental report published last year revealed that only half of all Australians brush their teeth twice a day. Poor oral habits like this are, unfortunately, contributing to high levels of tooth decay and other oral health issues all over the country.
According to the report, which was published by one of the country’s leading think-tanks, 90 per cent of adults suffer from some degree of tooth decay. Habits like excessive alcohol consumption and smoking are also big contributing factors for poor oral health.
The report also revealed that almost 75 per cent of Australian children eat too much sugar, while more than 30 per cent of the country’s five-year-olds are affected by tooth decay in their baby teeth. According to the data, around 25 per cent of teenagers had not been for a dental check-up in a year, and around 15.5 per cent of adults have suffered some tooth loss.
So, who does take care of their teeth? The report found that adults between the ages of 18 and 25 years old and women were the most likely to brush their teeth twice daily, while brushing habits tend to decrease as people age.
What can we do?
It’s important to remember that there is a direct link between oral health and overall health, so taking care of your teeth is really essential when it comes to staying healthy.
We recommend that you come in for regular check-ups so that we can catch any problems before they cause much bigger issues. If we pick up on any early signs of gum disease, we are able to treat the issue and prevent future pain and loss of teeth. When you come in for a dental check-up, we will also demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques and answer any questions you might have about your oral health.
It’s also important that you teach your child good dental habits from an early age. Bring your little one in every six months so that we can check for cavities and other conditions, and clean their teeth by removing plaque and tartar. By establishing good habits early on, it is often possible to prevent the need for major dental treatments later in life.
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