WIMMERA residents have been reminded to maintain a healthy daily oral hygiene routine, regardless of demanding lifestyles, as part of dental health week.
Horsham Dental Group’s oral health therapist Bec Smith said oral health was important to maintain overall health.
“Our oral health is connected to health issues including diabetes and heart diseases. Not looking after our teeth just makes it worse,” she said.
“Good oral health also helps people with their confidence.”
Mrs Smith said there were five simple practices people should adopt to maintain good oral hygiene.
“People need to remember to brush twice a day, use a fluoride toothpaste and make flossing a part of their daily routine to clean in between teeth,” she said.
“Limiting their snacks throughout the day will also reduce their sugar intake and people should be making sure to have their one-year check-ups.”
A national survey by the Australian Dental Association revealed that 65 per cent of Australians have not visited the dentist in more than two years and 16 per cent said they did not have time to visit the dentist.
Mrs Smith it was important people had their yearly check ups to identify decay and gum disease earlier.
Dental Health Week started on Monday with the theme, Oral Health for Busy Lives. The week-long campaign encourages people to prioritise a visit to the dentist.