During last week’s Dental Health Week, the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association (ADOHTA) took the opportunity to do its bit to promote oral health education and awareness in the general community.
“Within the community, there are many barriers faced by people at most risk for oral diseases who are less likely to access dental care, ” ADOHTA national president Tan Nguyen said.
“The current health care system currently treats dental health as a secondary part of general health and wellbeing. This approach has led to big problems faced by hospitals, where tooth decay is one of the most common causes for potentially preventable hospitalisations.”
Nguyen continued: “Whilst it is a common knowledge that it is important to take the time to brush teeth and gums twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, and floss properly all year-round, it is just as important to ensure you make time to see an oral health professional on a regular basis.”
Bearing in mind that this year’s Dental Health Week theme was ‘Oral Health for Busy Lives’, Nguyen said he recognised that making time to seek professional guidance and treatment can be difficult given how busy we all are. Nevertheless, he added, there are numerous simple things that can be done at home, or on the run, which can help prevent oral health problems.
“Apart from the everyday brushing and flossing, following the Australian dietary guidelines by focusing on drinking plenty of tap water, limiting sugary foods and drinks, and choosing healthy snacks (e.g. fruits and vegetables) can have a great impact on your oral health, ” Nguyen advised. “Also, selecting and using appropriate dental products, is essential to caring for your teeth and gums.
“Our website offers several easy, accessible resources which can be used by the public. These resources provide expert advice on both oral health care and diet, which can inform the public on how to best prepare and action their oral health routines.”