Half of Australians Are Not Brushing - Are You Among Them?
Do you brush your teeth twice daily? If not, you are among many Australians who are missing out on proper home care. As your Darwin, NT dentist, our Casuarina Square Dental Care team would like to help you stay motivated when it comes to looking after your teeth between visits.
Teeth Brushing: A Recent Study
The Australian Health Policy Collaboration performed a recent study to determine an overall picture of Australians’ oral health habits, which revealed some distressing results. Half of Australian adults do not brush twice a day. Brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste is essential not only in protecting smiles against decay, but also warding off gum disease, which can negatively impact overall health.
The commitment to brushing and flossing declines with age.
It appears as though young adults, age 18 to 35, are most compliant with the recommendation of the Australian Dental Association’s recommendation. Women are also more likely to brush their teeth.
As expected, lack of home care leads to some severe consequences. Among adults, over 15 per cent suffer from severe tooth loss – retaining fewer than 21 teeth.
Many People Avoid the Dentist
Whether due to lack of concern or lack of knowledge, many Australians avoid the dentist unless a problem arises. Unfortunately, when pain or fractures occur, the tooth is already at risk. Leaving decay or gum disease untreated can cause premature tooth loss, toothache or emergency dental visits.
Preventive dentistry and active maintenance provide your Darwin, NT dentist with information about your current oral health and early diagnosis.
Exams, cleans and diagnostic x-rays make it possible to identify common oral conditions in the earliest phases when they are easier to treat.
If you are ready to improve your oral health, we will be happy to share vital information and tips you can use in between dental exams to keep your smile feeling and looking its best.