With New Year’s resolutions on people’s minds in the coming days, the Australian Dental Association SA Branch is calling on all South Australians to make their oral health a priority in 2020.

ADASA President Dr Angelo Papageorgiou says many people are not aware good oral health is essential to good general health.

According to Australia’s Oral Health Tracker, only half of Australians brush their teeth twice daily as recommended, and nearly 40 percent never floss or clean between their teeth. A staggering 65 percent of people hadn’t visited their dentist in more than two years. 

“People should not underestimate the links between poor oral health and other health issues,” Dr Papageorgiou says.

“While we all should rightly aim in the New Year to be more physically active and eat better, we should not forget the importance of focusing on our oral health too.”

Dr Papageorgiou says now is an ideal time of year to make some life-changing decisions.

“It may not be a common New Year’s resolution, but making your oral health a priority will have positive impacts on your general health too,” Dr Papageorgiou says.

“Poor oral health has been linked to chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”

Dr Papageorgiou says small steps can make a big difference.

“We want people to make 2020 the year they kick some bad health habits and act in the best interest of their smiles.

In 2020, make sure you: 
Have a healthy, balanced diet;
Limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks; 
Brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste; 
Floss or clean between teeth at least once a day; 
Stop smoking; 
Wear a custom-fitted mouthguard when playing sport;
Reduce your alcohol intake;
Make fluoridated tap water your drink of choice; and 
See your dentist for a check-up and professional clean at least once per year.