Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is supporting the “Watch your Mouth' campaign as part of this year's Dental Health Week 6 to 12th August 2018.
WNSWLHD Lead Oral Health Therapist, Stacey Webb said, “This week is about the importance of maintaining good oral health during all stages of life".
Through a few simple steps people can improve their oral health.
- Brush your teeth and gums twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Clean in between teeth at least once a day with floss or an interdental brush
- Eat a healthy balanced diet and limit sugar intake (especially sugar sweetened beverages like soft drink and sports drinks)
- Drink fluoridated tap water
- Regularly visit the dentist for check-ups and preventive treatment.
"Across the District, our staff participate in a variety of Oral Health Promotion activities throughout the year. Our activities often focus on people for whom good dental health is particularly important such as pregnant women, people with chronic conditions, and older people, particularly those that require support for daily living. We provide activities in various mums and bubs groups, residential aged care facilities, chronic care groups and we try to link in various community programs.
“Our staff love getting out in the community and are keen to promote key dental messages to people of all ages. We know the benefits of starting good oral health habits from a young age and recommend that everyone have regular dental check-ups, with children to have their first check before their second birthday.
“It is important that parents keep their own teeth and gums healthy, as they are the number one role model for their children. We know that oral health is important for the whole family, and that good behaviours start early in life, so we aim to take a family approach with the care and information we provide". said Stacey.
WNSWLHD provides free dental care for children. Free dental services are also available for adults who have a Centrelink Concession or Pension Card.
If people are interested in registering for an appointment, they should call 1300 552 626.