Oral Health and how it affects your overall wellbeing – Dental Health Week

Dental Health Week (6-12 August)

The importance of oral health and how your teeth and gums affect the rest of your body will be the focus of a Dental Health Week information stall in the Broken Hill Hospital on Tuesday, 7 August 2018.

Dental Health Week (6-12 August) under the theme ‘Watch Your Mouth’ is promoting how people need to consider the health of their whole mouth, not just their teeth and gums.

“We want to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and how the teeth and gums affect the rest of the body,” said Andrew Somerville, Oral Health Therapist with Far West Local Health District.

“We will have an information stall in the Broken Hill Hospital foyer all day on Tuesday, 7 August to promote oral health, gum disease education, tooth decay prevention, denture care and dry mouth management,” he said.

Mr Somerville wanted the public to gain confidence in seeking out dental treatment.

“We want to put the mouth back into health, explain gum disease and its relationship with systemic disease, and help people understand tooth decay. We’ll be providing tips on maintaining good oral hygiene.”

That covers consistent and regular oral hygiene at home, such as twice daily brushing, drinking lots of water, reducing sugar intake and focussing on gum care.

Along with giving out free toothbrushes, toothpaste and information packs, the stall will have information on aged care and parental advice for kid’s teeth, and promote the services provided by the new Community Health Centre for oral health and free dental treatment for Under 18s and concession card holders.

“It will be a great opportunity to ask and learn about your dental health, and to meet and get in touch with your Broken Hill Dental Service providers,” said Mr Somerville.


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