Dental Health Week 2012

Dental Health Week 2012

It’s a shocking statistic for a country that values good health so highly: 50% of Australian children have experienced tooth decay by the age of 6! Tooth decay is also the most common reason for preschoolers to be admitted to hospital (where they have dental treatment performed while they are under a general anaesthetic).

That’s why this year the Australian Dental Association has launched its ‘Stop The Rot’ campaign in association with Dental Health Week – August 6 – 12. Their Dental Health Week website is filled with important dental health messages for parents and carers of young children in particular. You can visit the website here.

The campaign explains that the high rate of tooth decay amongst our youngest citizens is due mainly to two things:

  • Sugary foods and drinks are consumed frequently by many children
  • Many children do not yet have the skills to clean their teeth properly

So the focus of the campaign is to raise awareness about which foods and drinks are better and worse for good dental health AND to teach children (via parents and carers) the most effective way to clean their teeth. There is a lot of great information on the website about dental health for people of all ages, so be sure to check it out