Be a 'Mouth Keeper' urges ADA

Published:

Economical ways to look after your oral health during the pandemic

You've heard of 'Job Keeper'. Now the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is urging people to become a 'Mouth Keeper' by putting into action a range of low-cost measures to look after their oral health during Covid-19.

It's Dental Health Week (Aug 3-9) and the ADA is predicting a downward spiral in the nation's oral health once the pandemic is over.

"Right now, there's a perfect storm brewing for oral health issues with a range of factors coming into play," said Dr Mikaela Chinotti, ADA Oral Health Promoter.

"Plenty of people are stuck at home snacking more on sugary treats, others won't head to a dentist as they're concerned about virus transmission or public transport travel.

"As well, some people have lost their job and can't prioritise their oral health, and some states have restrictions on what dental procedures can be done.

"We already knew the nation's oral health was in poor shape with one in three people having untreated tooth decay, only 48% of adults visiting a dentist for a check-up in the last 12 months,  one in two adults having way too much sugar every day and 30% of kids having tooth decay in baby teeth by age five*.

"The pandemic will make this bad situation worse. For Dental Health Week we're encouraging people to be 'Mouth Keepers' with some free or low cost smart tooth tactics they can adopt to protect their oral health through this difficult time."

With the theme of this year's Dental Health Week 'Get Sugar Savvy', the Australian Dental Association's top ten tips for oral health protection without leaving home:

1. Brush twice daily with a toothbrush – it's one of your best defences against tooth decay. But beware - brushes with bristles splayed sideways are due for the bin. An electric toothbrush isn't necessary – and remember to brush gently as hard brushing will damage enamel.

2. Always use a toothpaste containing fluoride for optimum protection of your teeth. Children should start using fluoride paste from 18 months of age and be supervised until they are old enough to do it alone.

3. Clean between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes to free the trapped food debris and plaque that builds up, starting the tooth decay process and inflammation of the gums. Children need help to floss until they can manage it themselves.

4. Ditch the rinse after brushing – spit out the excess toothpaste after brushing but don't rinse with water. This leaves behind toothpaste residue to continue providing extra protection.

5. Get sugar savvy and watch your sugar intake: the WHO recommends just six teaspoons a day – that's around 24g, to decrease your risk of developing tooth decay

6. Be your own 'sugar detective': check the sugar content on the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) on food and drink – this may be per serve or per 100g. To make the content understandable, turn it into teaspoons. Divide the value by 4 as one teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4 grams. So, if the label says 10g, this equals 2.5 teaspoons of sugar.

7. How much is too much? Look at the sugar content per 100g serving on the NIP – if it's more than 15g you should consider looking for an alternative with a lower sugar content – the lower the sugar the better - ideally less than 5g per 100g.

8. Location, location: When deciphering the list of ingredients on food labels, the higher to the top of the list an ingredient is, the more of it is present in the item.

9. Make it yourself: when you make your own foods from scratch at home you know exactly what and how much has – and has not – gone into it including how much sugar. What's more, it will probably be cheaper than buying it.

10. Be creative with alternative sources of sweetness in your life such as stevia, and when you get a sugar craving, opt for protein rich and tooth-friendly, nutritious snacks like nuts and cheese.

"These measures will save you money and help protect your mouth in the long term, though if you have any issues or concerns, always consult your dentist," said Dr Chinotti.

 
Coronavirus COVID-19 Health & Wellness Lifestyle
Social:   

Privately Submitted Article or Event :
See Above Article or Event for Address, Sunshine Coast Wide
Privately Submitted Article or Event
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
How Queensland farmers can prosper in a net-zero emissions world 22 September 2020 | Queensland primary producers looking to strengthen their businesses and communities are encouraged to apply for a new Queensland Resilient Regions Fellowship and masterclass, hosted by Farmers for Climate Action... More information...
Your Help Needed to Extend the Evictions Moratorium 22 September 2020 | As you are probably aware the Queensland Government recently announced their intent to end the evictions moratorium for COVID-19 affected residential renters on 29/9/2020. At the same time, the government have... More information...
Government Policy on JobSeeker and JobKeeper Unhealthy and Economically Counterproductive 21 September 2020 | "The Federal Government's plan to reduce JobSeeker and JobKeeper, its previous elimination of the temporary child care support measures, and its planned tax cuts will damage the lives of many and will have little... More information...
Fleetwood Challenge Cup equips next generation of built design professionals to solve Australia's housing affordability challenge 18 September 2020 | An Australian-first inter-University design competition saw Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) students team up to face the challenge and deliver industry leading built environment design solutions... More information...
Future technologists battle it out at RoboRave challenge 18 September 2020 | RoboRAVE Australia 2020, will see over one hundred teams compete in a series of robotics challenges that test their skills in coding and mechatronics. This ground breaking event opens its doors to registered... More information...
AFPFMA calls on Government to adopt the term 'Police Veteran'' 21 September 2020 | The Australian Federal Police Former Members Association (AFPFMA) has called on the Federal Government to start using the term ‘police veteran’ when referring to former police. More information...
Telehealth expansion welcomed by rural health peak body 18 September 2020 | The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural health in Australia, welcomed the Australian Government's expansion of Medicare rebates for telehealth consultations until 31 March 2021. More information...
Accountants again under pressure to implement Jobkeeper 2.0 16 September 2020 | The release of the legislative rules for JobKeeper 2.0 yesterday highlights yet again the vital role accountants are playing during the COVID-19 emergency in helping Australians and businesses access the extended... More information...
Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2021–22 released for public comment 09 September 2020 | The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) today released its Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2021–22. More information...
Why it is cheaper to buy in southeast Queensland than to rent 09 September 2020 | Areas such as the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast have enjoyed exceptional capital growth over the past 10 years with further positive projections in the medium to long term, especially as more and more people work... More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service