• By 1300 SMILES
  • April 18, 2018

Did you know, the National Child Oral Health Study shows dental decay is the most prevalent oral disease in Australian children? Australian dentists are having to extract multiple teeth from children as young as two years old. Here’s a few more figures collected during the study of our nation’s oral health:

• 1 in 3 children aged 5-6 years have decay in their baby teeth

• 4 in 10 children aged 12-14 years have decay in their permanent teeth

• The cost of treating dental decay is estimated at $5 billion per year

• Statistics are even higher in Indigenous, migrant and rural children.

These figures highlight the importance of the fact that oral health and hygiene, and the uptake of preventative dentistry, need to start in our children as soon as possible.

Children with good oral habits turn into adults with good dental health. Establishing good oral hygiene and dietary habits have proven to be essential in achieving overall physical and emotional well-being throughout life. Maintaining a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping it functioning correctly and affects many other factors including appearance, interpersonal relations, diet, nutrition and speech. In addition, disease of the mouth can affect the rest of the body and is a contributing factor to many secondary conditions. Oral health is much, much more than a nice smile. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand.

Here’s where 1300SMILES comes in! 

As well as giving you some basic guidelines to follow for healthy teeth and gums, our preventative dentistry ensures that you and your teeth enjoy a long and enduring relationship.

Preventative dentistry is a combination of treatments that will help keep your teeth and gums in the best possible condition. Preventative dentistry procedures include hygiene appointments and treatments for gum disease (gingivitis). Your preventative dental care routine extends to home dental care, as brushing and flossing regularly will prolong the life of your natural teeth and can prevent tooth decay and gum disease from developing. With patient education a huge part of preventative dentistry, we can offer you customised advice on home dental care and how to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

“Once you have good dental health then it is relatively easy to keep your teeth and gums in great shape.”

Regular check-up and clean visits to your dentist at 1300SMILES are vital, as the removal of plaque and tartar from your teeth will help keep your teeth and gums in good condition. If we see you at six monthly intervals we will be able to detect and correct any small problems before they cause any major discomfort or pain, and provide preventative treatment options that will be more cost-effective in the long run.

Healthy Teeth At Home 

Good oral health is not that difficult and there is no real mystery in looking after your teeth and gums. You spend less than 10 minutes each day when brushing and flossing your teeth, so make every second count. We can work with you to make sure you brush and floss effectively. Once you have good dental health then it is relatively easy to keep your teeth and gums in great shape.

Start by brushing twice a day, first thing in the morning after breakfast and last thing at night before bed. Floss once-a-day morning or evening after brushing your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing removes plaque and food debris from your teeth and gums. We know lots of people struggle to use floss and we can help you, just ask for some advice next time you visit. Our dentists and hygienists are always willing to give advice and practical help on brushing and flossing techniques.

Here’s a few extra tips to keep teeth and gums healthy:

• Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months.

• Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and avoid sugary foods and sugary drinks.

• Avoid drinking too much coffee, alcohol, drugs and smoking.

• Use an antibacterial mouthwash to fight against plaque and bacteria. Talk to your dentist first to see if mouthwash is right for you.

• Chew sugar-free gum to encourage the flow of saliva in your mouth.

Is it time for your six-monthly preventative check-up? Call us and book in for your next appointment today!

Did you know your child may be eligible to have dental treatment bulk billed under the Child Dental Benefit Schedule? Call 1300SMILES today to check if your child is eligible.


1300SMILES Dentists
07 4774 2254
50 North Shore Boulevard, Burdell, Townsville