New research shows that Australians' oral health is now far worse than before in all assessments, tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath are serious problems, and their attractiveness as kissing partners has also fallen.
In response, Australian dental experts listed several causes of dental problems and provided countermeasures to turn things around:
Not enough brushing
One third of Australians brush their teeth less than twice a day, and only 21% of Britons fail to achieve this goal. To make matters worse, only 23% of Australians reach a minimum brushing time of 2 minutes. Three-quarters of Australians also mistakenly believe that a manual toothbrush is as good as an electric toothbrush.
Christopher Ho, a dental member of the Australian Dental Association, said: "Electric toothbrushes can remove twice as many plaque and they are more effective than manual toothbrushes." He also advises Australians to buy a medium-priced electric Toothbrushes, not battery-powered ones. Because the latter lacks rotation and swing technology, it cannot effectively remove dental bacteria.
Not using dental floss
"Many Australians do not brush or floss. Because many bacteria are hidden between the teeth, flossing is very important." Dr Ho said. Because dental floss is not used once a day, many patients have serious gum problems and tooth decay problems.
Mouthwash is considered an oral cleaning assistant. "Brushing and flossing can remove most of the plaque, and mouthwash can help remove bacteria from other parts of the mouth, such as bacteria on the tongue." Dr. He said.
The Australian's diet menu is full of sugar, which has dealt a huge blow to the once shining smile. Acidic foods and beverages can erode the enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and yellow.
If you clean your body with hot water and lemon juice every morning, you need to think twice. "Hot lemonade can actually cause a lot of damage because it is a hot acid liquid. After drinking lemonade, you usually brush your teeth directly. If you brush your teeth too hard, it will cause tooth enamel to wear out." Dr. He said.
The correct way is to wait half an hour for your saliva to restore your oral pH to normal levels.
Without seeing the dentist
More than half of British people have visited a dentist in the past 6 months, only one third of Australians, and only 17% of Australians visit a dentist twice or more a year. "People usually wait for a dentist when the problem occurs. Unless there is a major problem, general dental problems will not easily rise. Occasionally seeing a dentist will also lead people to be too lazy to take care of their own teeth." Dr. He said.
Not all toothpastes are "born equal," and people need to take a moment to find out which toothpaste is right for them. Scientific progress means that we can choose improved fluoride toothpaste to kill bacteria and inhibit plaque growth.
People are advised to be careful with whitening toothpastes, as they often have an abrasive effect and can cause enamel loss. "Whitening toothpaste can effectively remove surface stains, but it cannot be used for a long time."