New Zealanders and Our Teeth – How Do We Fare?
We all like to think that our dental health is in good condition. This is something most of us tell ourselves to put off dental visits. However, recent studies have shown that New Zealanders are actually at high risk of poor oral health. There are many factors that contribute to this, which is leading us to be one of the unhealthiest countries in the world when it comes to dental care.
We’re Not Brushing Our Teeth
In a recent study conducting 500 New Zealanders, it was calculated that not enough adults are brushing their teeth. Nearly 60% of New Zealanders admitted to not brushing their teeth every day. Young adults aged between 18 and 24 are the biggest age group, with 75% skipping brushing their teeth for one day or more, and 10% skipping a week. In another study conducted with 1000 New Zealanders, it was shown that while most brush at least twice a day, they’re doing it incorrectly. Over half of participants brushed with a hard or a medium bristle.
It is strongly advised that you brush with a soft bristle, as harder bristles may cause damage to your teeth and gums. It’s also very important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially at night. Your mouth produces less saliva at night, which means that bacteria is most likely to settle and cause diseases. Make sure you also brush softly, as vigorous damage could also seriously damage your teeth and gums.
We’re Eating Too Much Sugar
It is recommended that adults have no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per day. However, recent studies have founded that New Zealanders consume about 37 teaspoons, which is nearly three times the recommended amount. Children are also having too much sugar in their diet. Sugary drinks sold in New Zealand have more added sugar than those sold in Australia, Canada and the UK. Surveys have revealed that adults and parents have reported that kids consume these drinks daily, and that they’re not drinking enough water.
We’re Not Visiting the Dentist Enough
When it comes to visiting the dentist, children visit more than adults. 84% of children have visited the dentist in 2017, which is up 76% in 2006/7. On the other hand, only 47% of adults have visited the dentist, which is down 52% from 2006/7. Children up to 18 have access to publicly funded basic oral health services. For adults, there are some publicly funded oral health services for low-income adults who require emergency dental treatment. It is vital that you visit the dentist at least twice a year to ensure your oral health is at its best.
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