DID you know that the new advice on brushing teeth is not to rinse after you’ve spat out the toothpaste?
Dentists say that by not rinsing we keep toothpaste on the teeth for longer, which allows the fluoride to better do its work.
It’s one of the tips Central Coast Local Health District’s oral health promotion co-ordinator Loran Keegan is helping to spread as part of Dental Health Week.
Ms Keegan said this year’s theme ‘Oral Health for Busy Lives’ was a great reminder for time-poor people to not forget their teeth and gums.
“We all lead busy lives between work, school, family and friends commitments – but it’s so important not to let our oral health suffer as a result,” Ms Keegan said.
Ms Keegan said oral health was important to overall health, wellbeing and quality of life.
“A healthy mouth enables people to eat, speak and socialise without pain, discomfort or embarrassment,” Ms Keegan said.
“Poor oral health can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and is associated with several diseases such as oral cancer, heart and lung infections, stroke, aspiration pneumonia and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
“For those with diabetes, gum disease can affect the control of blood sugar and increase the risk of diabetic complications. Gum disease is also associated with rheumatoid arthritis.”
Her five simple steps to good oral health are.-
- Brush for two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (spit the toothpaste out and do not rinse).
- Floss once a day.
- Choose healthy meals and teeth-friendly snacks such as cheese, nuts, fruit and vegetables.
- Drink lots of water.
- Visit your dental professional every 6 to 12 months depending on your needs.