Dental Health Week 2019: How is your oral health tracking?

In 2019, following the continuing rise of food and physical activity trackers, Australians are constantly tracking their general health whether it be tracking their food consumption (“Have I eaten enough fruit and veges today?”) or tracking their daily physical activity (“Did I reach 10,000 steps today?”). But, are enough Australians tracking their oral health?

The Australian Dental Association’s annual Dental Health Week is taking place from 5 to 11 August, asking Australians to consider… ‘How is your oral health tracking?’

Dental Health Week endeavours to promote the following key oral health messages to Australians:

  1. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  2. Cleaning in between the teeth at least once a day using floss or an interdental brush
  3. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and limiting sugar intake
  4. Regularly visiting the dentist for check-ups and preventive treatment

I know you must be thinking… how can I possibly track my oral health on top of everything else I am already tracking on my never ending To-Do List?!

Luckily for you, the ADA has developed Oral Health Tracker report cards (a world-first initiative!) to help you keep on track with your oral health (

So why do you, and the rest of Australia, need to track oral health? Don’t most Australians brush twice a day, floss at least once a day and visit their dentist at least every 6 months for a check-up?

While the aim is to ensure that the majority of Australians are practicing good oral health, the following statistics and infographics illustrate a completely different picture:

  • 65% of Australians haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years
  • 50% of Australians brush their teeth only once-a-day
  • Nearly 40% never floss or clean between their teeth
  • 73% of young people (14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar.

This Dental Health Week (and every day after that!), we challenge you to track your oral health and make practising good oral health a high priority!

Feel free to contact us by phone (9880 8292), or at your next dental check-up appointment, to learn more about Dental Health Week and how you can make efforts to track and improve your oral health in 2019.

Happy Tracking!