This year, the theme for the Australian Dental Association (ADA) Dental Health week is Oral Health for Busy Lives. Dental Health Week acts as a reminder to Australians about the importance of oral health and how easy it can be to incorporate healthy habits into our busy daily lives.
Four Oral Hygiene Hacks for Busy People:
There are no shortcuts when it comes to brushing – Twice daily for two minutes.
It is important to brush for a total of 2 minutes at least two times per day to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Many patients find it more convenient and easier to brush using an electric toothbrush. They do most of the work for you and can also be programmed to run for two minutes, taking the guesswork out of brushing.
A common excuse for not flossing maybe ‘It’s too time consuming’ or ‘I don’t have enough time’.
Does this sound like you? Flossing doesn’t have to be a chore. Flossettes or floss handles can be a helpful alternative for flossing between your teeth. And for wider spaces in between teeth we suggest using an interdental brush. It is best to floss and then brush, otherwise you may not bother following up with the flossing as your teeth already feel clean after brushing. How often should you floss ? You should floss at least once per day. Floss cleans the spaces in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.
When on the go, busy people tend to snack on sugary foods, but the frequent exposure to sugar increases the risk of dental caries – cavities. Cheese, nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, eggs and dry biscuits are good snack alternatives. Also, don’t forget to read the ingredients list on food products as you may be surprised how many “on the go” food options contain hidden sugars.
Many people are also unaware of the amount of sugar in fruit juices, flavoured milks and soft drinks. Water is certainly the much healthier, inexpensive and better option.
- Regular Dentist Check-ups
Taking the time and effort to visit your dentist regularly and addressing your oral health can lead to great success in achieving or maintaining healthy teeth. Discussing the various options of home cleaning including flossing and brushing best suited to you and your busy lifestyle can help improve plaque control, reduce gum inflammation and bleeding. The benefit of a decreased risk of caries and periodontal disease, can actually save you time in the long run.
Dental Health Week is occurring this week all over Australia and at our Brisbane Dentist here in Spring hill we welcome any questions you may have. Is it time to sort out your oral health and bring back that great smile and fresh breath?