As the beginning of August rolls around, Comfort Dental Centre Buderim would like to note that it also brings Australia’s Dental Health Week.
Dental Health Week (5th-11th, this year) is dedicated to the idea that all Australians should pay more attention to their oral hygiene and dental health.
Each year, Dental Health Week takes a theme intended to help the public understand one aspect of oral hygiene, within the broader context of overall health.
In the past, themes have included, “Watch Your Mouth”, oral hygiene for women, dental care and sports, how diet affects your oral health, and oral health and sugar.
This year, the theme is “How’s Your Oral Health Tracking”. This is an attempt to make us consider if we’re ‘on track’ with our oral hygiene and if we are monitoring it properly.
There are two groups of people for whom tracking dental care is even more important; the very young, and those in their golden years.
However, these two groups have specific issues when it comes to tracking oral hygiene.
Dental Health Week and Children
Children need to be introduced to the idea of oral hygiene and how to practice it. Dental Health Week is a great way to do that.
Search the web to see if any events are being held in your neighborhood.
Or take advantage of the ADA’s Dental Health Week website and download colorful, printable posters aimed at giving information to children.
Poster topics include general dental health for children and two posters focusing on the dangers of sugary and acidic drinks, which damage oral health.
The website also contains helpful hints for parents, including:
- Begin oral hygiene early. Brushing can begin on the baby’s gums, and you can begin by cleaning with a washcloth.
- Spit out toothpaste, do not rinse out the mouth with water.
- Don’t use too much toothpaste. A dab is all you need.
- Make brushing fun! Use songs or smartphones to liven brushing up.
- Visit the dentist when a tooth shows up or by the first birthday.
- Use positive reinforcement during dental appointments. Make dental visits enjoyable.
Use Dental Health Week as a chance to instruct your children about good oral hygiene.
Model proper dental hygiene for them and track your own oral health regularly, so they see the approach in practice.
As far as their progress goes, follow it on a calendar, in a chart, or with gold stars. Make your child’s development evident to them and reward them for their achievements.
Keeping seniors on track
Why is it so important for seniors to stay on track? Because the stakes are so much higher for them.
According to Elderly Dental, people suffering from gum disease are at twice the risk of cardiac disease and stroke compared to those with healthy gums.
Bacteria buildup is a similar threat as it is linked to increased rates of pneumonia and diabetes.
Simply put, the dental issues we might ignore in youth must be attended to as we age.
Here are some problems that need to be tracked:
- Darkened teeth. The darkening can be natural changes in enamel and dentin, but it can also be a symptom of more serious problems.
- Dry mouth. Saliva washes away waste, fights bacteria, and defends decay.
- Root decay.
- Gum disease.
- Tooth loss (Most often caused by gum disease).
- Uneven jawbone (Most often caused by missing teeth that are not replaced).
- Denture-induced stomatitis.
- Oral lesions.
The threat of these conditions is made worse by underlying issues that accompany aging.
Regular hygiene is not as effective. Proper hygiene, even in people who have been passionate about brushing, flossing, and visiting Comfort Dental Centre Buderim, can weaken as we age.
Habits change while manual dexterity and flexibility decrease, making even conscientious oral hygiene less efficacious.
As we age, transportation to a dental appointment may become more complicated. Finally, retirement can decrease the ability to afford treatment.
Every senior should be aware of these challenges, and every relative or friend of a senior should be tracking them as well.
Memory. Memory conditions such as dementia make it harder to keep track of oral hygiene, and dental appointments can get lost in the mix.
The golden years are not the time to take chances with oral and general health, and it may come down to loved ones and caregivers to help seniors track their oral health.
Comfort Dental Centre Buderim Cares
Comfort Dental Centre Buderim gives expert care for healthy, beautiful smiles. When you leave our office not only will you be happy with the treatment you received, but also how well you were treated.
We serve patients from Buderim and the regions with first-class dentistry.
Our dental practice in Buderim provides the highest quality of dental care, in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, with a commitment to excellent customer service.
Dental Health Week Promotion
FREE Consultation or FREE Second Opinion
FREE Consultation or FREE Second Opinion on 5th to 11th August 2019 to celebrate Dental Health Week!
10% senior discount on all the treatments
Call us on (07) 5370 8865 or visit us at T204B, 32 Wises Road in Buderim.