New Year's Dental Resolutions

New Year's Dental Resolutions!

According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) Australian’s are likely to have a lax attitude toward dental health care during the summer break. Therefore, we have summarised ADA’s sound advice for anyone who believes in New Year’s resolutions.

1. Reduce sugar consumption; summer is a popular season for sugar consumption. Children and adults consume a lot of juice, soft drinks, sugar canes, gingerbread cookies, mince pies, and more! Eat these foods and drink these beverages in moderation.

2. Reduce alcohol consumption; a lot of alcoholic drinks are acidic and contain sugar which contributes to tooth decay. The best alternative is to drink water and stay hydrated. Also, low or no calorie drinks are better for your teeth and waistline.

3. Get kids mouthguards fitted before school starts; summer holidays is a popular time for kids to play outdoor sports and often children forget to wear their mouth-guards during playtime. To avoid a chipped tooth we recommend that you get your mouthguards checked at your next dental appointment. If your child needs a mouthguard then it would be best to see your dentist at the beginning of the year so your child can be protected for the whole year.

Finally, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of your health fund benefits. If you have private health insurance then you may be entitled to two dental check-ups and cleans every calendar year at no extra cost.