Or, how to prevent tooth decay with good oral health
Preventive Dentistry – Prevent Dental Problems
Tooth decay is one of Australia’s most common health problems. Did you know that tooth decay is 5 times more common than asthma among children! And that each year, 11 million newly decayed teeth develop.
According to government reports, it’s also the second most costly diet‐related disease in Australia, and 90 per cent of all dental disease is preventable.
Research commissioned by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) reveals an alarming 57% of Australians expect at some stage in their lives they will develop tooth decay, a condition that can be unsightly, painful and irreversible.
Your New Dentist is committed to helping our community develop healthy habits to keep you out of our chair, getting on with your life with a confident smile and spending your money on something else.
In the past you may have been lead to believe that your parents had ‘weak teeth’ so you have inherited dental problems from them. In reality there are only a small number of dental conditions that are inherited.
What’s really exciting today is that no one should just expect to get tooth decay or accept that the condition is inevitable. It can be prevented. And the best bit? It’s super easy.
Snapshot… Bacteria in your mouth convert sugar into acid. The acid eats away at the surface of your tooth, attacking the enamel, weakening the tooth and causing decay in the form of holes or cavities. Once the decay has reached the second layer – the dentine – it’s now irreversible. Without treatment the cavity will continue to grow and eventually can be painful and unsightly.
We’re all human, and the latest research tells us that more than 30% of Australians admit they are only brushing once daily, with most of us skipping the pre‐bed brush, and many of us admit we avoid flossing altogether.
Research tells us that 35% of parents report their children are only brushing once a day with more than 60% just accepting that their children will get tooth decay at some point in their lifetime.
The overwhelming majority of Australians (83%) say that decayed teeth and bad breath are the biggest turn offs on a first date, far more concerning than excessive body odour (5%) or poor dress sense (4%).
Your New Dentist is committed to getting Australians to rethink their attitudes to tooth decay and not accept or expect it, but to work on practising better oral health habits and be aware of the damage certain foods and drinks can cause to your teeth. Your New Dentist is your healthy smile coach.
Dental decay is a massive issue in Australia. Some researchers have estimated that poor dental health contributes to 600,000 days lost from school and 1 million lost days of work each year.
The total direct costs and lost productivity due to poor dental health in Australia is estimated at $2 billion a year!
To prevent tooth decay follow these simple tips;
- Brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste – brushing can reduce your risk of decay by 25%
- Floss once a day – It doesn’t matter what time of the day. Flossing removes food from between your teeth, which brushing can’t reach. If the food is left between your teeth and forms plaque, you increase your risk of tooth decay.
- Avoid snacking on sugary or acidic foods and drinks between meals. Some foods like muesli and fruit bars might seem healthy, however if they are sugary or have a sticky texture, they may increase your risk of tooth decay
- Eating calcium rich foods like milk, cheese and yogurt can help to neutralise acids and protect your teeth
- Chew sugarfree gum – There is evidence that chewing sugarfree gum increases the production of saliva, which helps protect your teeth against decay.
Your New Dentist is committed to prevention. We offer treatment options aimed at saving you money on dental treatment in the future.
Preventive Dentistry can include; Fluoride applications, desensitizing treatments and fissure sealants.
Prevention is powerful at any age. Saving money on your smile? Even better.
In the nicest possible way, we want to see less of you.
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