Dental Health Week
Only half of Australian adults clean their teeth twice a day and 90 per cent of Australian adults have tooth decay. Our love of sugar is putting consumption above the levels in the World Health Organization guidelines. This week is Dental Health Week – find out if you’re doing enough to protect your teeth and your oral health. Because the health of your mouth and teeth affects the health of your body more widely.
Last Reviewed: 05/08/2019
Video: Dental Health Week
Poor oral health affects more than your teeth. Dr Norman Swan explores dental hygiene and it's importance.
Video: Improving oral health in Australia
Ninety per cent of Australian adults and 40 per cent of children have experienced tooth decay. Poor oral health is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, but there are things you can do to improve it.
Oral health problems include tooth decay, gum disease, mouth ulcers, halitosis, childhood teething and oral thrush. Find out what products are available to promote oral health.
Dental conditions during pregnancy
Pregnancy can trigger oral health problems such as gingivitis, pregnancy epulis (pregnancy granuloma) and tooth decay.
Dementia and dental care
Everyone with dementia needs an individualised preventive approach to dental care that should begin as soon as dementia is diagnosed.