Of the conditions surveyed, tooth decay was the most common oral health issue, affecting 14% of Australians. Other oral health issues include gum problems, TMJ syndrome, coated tongue, sensitive teeth and mouth ulcers.
Could our love of sugary drinks be contributing?
It’s long been acknowledged that a diet high in sugar contributes to tooth decay, amongst other things. Yet Australians are still consuming a worrying number of sugary drinks each week.
The Index indicates Australians had consumed a mean of 2.89 sugary drinks in the last week, with one in 10 consuming more than 8 sugary drinks a week.
Commenting on the data, Dr Jospeh Moussa, Principal Dentist from New Quay Dental Cosmetics said:
“Sugar and tooth decay are closely linked, so we all need to check food labels, and, try to limit or avoid sweets and sugary drinks.”
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Keeping your teeth healthy
The following tips can help to keep your teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay:
Brush correctly: It’s important you brush your teeth at least twice a day to prevent plaque build-up, as this can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, brush your teeth softly and in circular motions. Avoid brushing too hard as this can cause your gums to recede.
Floss regularly: Flossing is essential in protecting your teeth and gums. Aim to floss at least once a day, morning and/or night, to avoid food building up between teeth.
__Avoid smoking: __It’s best to avoid smoking completely. Not only can it lead to a number of dental issues, including stained teeth and tooth loss, but it can also increase your risk of mouth cancer.
__Reduce sugar intake: __It’s best to limit your consumption of fizzy drinks, chocolate and sweets, as these foods contain high amounts of sugar which can significantly contribute to tooth decay.
Visit the dentist regularly: Having regular dental check-ups will both help prevent dental health issues, and catch any problems early on. Get 100% back on up to two dental check-ups every year, including x-rays, at any Members’ Choice Advantage dentist. 2 month waiting period applies.