Aussie’s apparently aren’t doing a good job at keeping their dental health up to scratch. Poor dental hygiene can cause gum disease, tooth decay and has even been linked with more serious diseases such as heart disease. This article takes a look at how Australian’s compare to their British counterparts when it comes to dental hygiene. Not only has diet played a key role in our declining dental health, poor brushing, lack of flossing and skipping the dentist have lead our dental health to enter a “danger zone”. Even using the wrong type of toothbrush or toothpaste can be detrimental to oral hygiene. The article highlights key points for dental health: brushing teeth twice per day, flossing daily, reducing acid attacks after meals, regular dental visits and using the right toothpaste.
Excerpt from the article:
“The British are renowned for having terrible teeth. But new research shows Australian oral hygiene is now worse in every category. We’re risking cavities, gum disease and bad breath — not to mention becoming far less appealing kissing partners…
… A third of Australians brush their teeth less than twice a day, while only 21 per cent of Brits miss the target. To make matters worse, only 23 per cent of Aussies brush their teeth for the minimum two minutes. Three-quarters of us are also making the mistake of thinking manual toothbrushes are just as good as electric….
… Our sugar-rich diets are responsible for a lot of the damage to our once-sparkling smiles. Acidic foods and drinks are eroding the enamel on our teeth, which makes them more sensitive and yellower in appearance. If you brush your teeth too hard after an acid attack, it can wear away the softened enamel. Wait half an hour for your saliva to bring your mouth back to a normal pH.”