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Dental Health Week

6 to 12 August 2018

Dental Health Week takes place every year, in the first week of August. This year the theme is 'Watch your mouth' with a focus on raising awareness of general oral hygiene for a proactive approach to overall dental health.  

SA Dental Service will be promoting dental health week at dental clinics across SA and the Adelaide Dental Hospital with a focus on oral care for your whole mouth.

Toothbrushing 

  • Use a small soft toothbrush to clean your teeth morning and night.
  • Children aged up to 17 months do not need fluoride toothpaste.
  • Children aged 18 months to 5 years, use a pea-sized amount of low fluoride children's toothpaste.  
  • Children aged 6 years and up and adults, used a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Replace your toothbrush regularly. 
  • For more information please see our step by step guide on brushing your teeth

Spit out toothpaste, but don't rinse 

  • After brushing, spit out the toothpaste but don't rinse.
  • Toothpaste contains fluoride which helps to strengthen your teeth.
  • This works best if you don't rinse the paste off after brushing.
  • For more information on not rinsing after brushing please see our Spit, don't rinse page

Diet

  • Limit soft drinks, energy drinks, cordials and juices.
  • Choose healthy snacks between meals such as fruit, vegetables, plain yoghurt and cheese.   
  • Adults can chew sugar free gum between meals to stimulate saliva, which will help to protect teeth from tooth decay.
  • See our sugar poster to see how much sugar is lurking in some of these common foods. 
  • For more information see our tips for healthy teeth brochure

Tap Water 

  • Plain tap water is the best drink for your teeth. 
  • Most of South Australia‚Äôs tap water is fluoridated, which helps protect teeth against decay.
  • For more information please see our Dental care and Tap water page.

Smoking and your mouth 

  • Tobacco smoking remains the single most preventable cause of illness and death in Australia. Smoking affects the whole body including the mouth. Smoking causes bad breath, stained teeth, reduced taste and changes to the gums. Quitting smoking reduces the risk of oral cancer and gum disease.
  • If you're a smoker, think about quitting.  Call the Quitline on 13 7848.
  • For more information please see our Dental care - smoking and your mouth page or see our brochure

Regular dentist visits 

Further information

For further information about Dental Health Week visit the Australian Dental Association web page.

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