Most of us have heard that looking after our teeth is important – but did you know that most of us don’t actually do that as well as we could! On average people only brush their teeth for 30 seconds – but we should brush for at least two minutes.
That’s why we are working to educate as many children as we can about good practices through our dental screening program – so that they are starting off with a healthy mouth and know how to look after it for life. So Dental Health Week is a good time for you to watch your mouth, and start good habits to help look after your teeth!
Good oral health (looking after your teeth, gums and mouth) gives you more than just a shiny smile. It is essential to general health and quality of life. Poor oral health can lead to sore gums, gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking. It can also have an impact on your overall physical health and psychosocial wellbeing.
What is a dental screening?
Screenings are a free service Your Community Health offers, in partnership with our local schools, kindergarten and childcare centres to help children living in our community receive the services and treatments they need.
What happens in a dental screening?
Qualified dental therapists and dental assistants attend schools, kindergartens and childcare centre, to complete a dental examination.
They check teeth, tongues and gums for any signs of issues. The screening is conducted using a light and dental mirror, taking a few minutes for each child. We provide a short, fun, and engaging educational talk to the children incorporating key messages of brushing, drinking water and a healthy diet. For the younger children we demonstrate cleaning on Dino the Dinosaurs teeth and discuss the children’s brushing routine at home. If parents or guardians want to attend on the day they are most welcome.
When they have finished a letter will be sent home to parents or guardians advising them of the outcome and if required, to seek further advice or treatment either within our clinic or with their regular dental provider.
Our top tips to take better care of your oral health
Start early: Dental damage can start as soon as babies start growing their teeth. This video is a great overview of what you should be thinking about.
Brushing: Brush twice a day, morning, after breakfast and night, before bed. These instructions will help you.
Flossing: Flossing gets rid of food and plaque between the teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach.
Eating right: Snacking on sugary foods can lead to tooth decay, because most people don’t brush after snacks. Starchy snack foods, like potato chips, stick to the teeth. Eat a variety of foods, but minimise those that contain sugars and starches.
Want to know more?
Book an appointment today and we can tell you more!
Happy Dental Health Week!