Dental Health Week (DHW) is the Australian Dental Association's (ADA) major annual oral health campaign. It takes place each year in the first full week of August, and this year it runs from 2 - 8 August.
The 2021 campaign focuses on the importance of taking steps to care for your teeth and gums to help you to keep your teeth and smile for life. The ADA's main oral health messages and the four key messages of the DHW campaign aim to reinforce the importance of maintaining good oral health to keep your teeth for life.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth daily using floss or interdental brushes.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit added sugar intake.
- Visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and preventive care.
It should not be a normal expectation that at some stage of your life, teeth will need to be removed because of tooth decay or gum disease. Australians should expect to keep their teeth for their lifetime and practising the simple steps listed above, you can reach this goal. After all, you do not expect to lose an arm or leg, so why expect to lose any of your teeth?
There are multiple ways to access information about oral health as part of Dental Health Week 2021. If you have not been to the dentist recently, it is a great time to make an appointment. A visit to your dentist for face-to-face advice is the best way to get your questions answered. If you don’t have a regular dentist, check out the ADA’s Find A Dentist search engine to locate one nearby.
Check out the ADA’s new oral health education podcast, Watch Your Mouth, with new episodes dropping fortnightly to give you easy to consume oral health information when on the go. The first 8-part series focuses on infant and young child oral health, hosted by Jimmy Rees, aka Jimmy Giggle from Giggle and Hoot. The currently dropping series focuses on general and preventive oral health, discussing topics such as oral hygiene, sugar, bad breath and teeth whitening.