Timely reminder to brush up on oral health routine

With this year’s dental health week theme being ‘Oral Health for Busy Lives’, ADOHTA has some quick tips to ensure your smile and mouth are in the best shape possible.


National President of Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association (ADOHTA) Mr Tan Nguyen, said “Within the community, there are many barriers faced by people at most risk for oral diseases who are less likely to access dental care.


“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 cause for potentially preventable hospitalisations.


“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.”


Mr Nguyen recognises that there are a number of simple and swift approaches that can be taken within the home, or on the run, which can contribute greatly to preventing 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.


Also, selecting and using appropriate dental products, is essential to caring for your teeth and gums.”


Mr Nguyen says some of the figures and trends about Australian’s oral health are astounding.


“3 out of every 10 Australians have untreated tooth decay.”


"Your oral health depends on many factors, and imbalance of a healthy diet can lead to increased risk of tooth decay, particularly in children and adolescents.”


“Our website, https://www.adohta.net.au/content/your-oral-health, 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


Mr Nguyen believes that better utilisation of the Oral Health Practitioners (OHP’s) workforce is the key to addressing the gaps which currently exist in the oral health service delivery.


“Like other allied health professionals in primary care, OHPs provide a preventive model of dental care in multi-discipline health care teams.”


12 August 2017.