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Celebrating Dental Health Week in a sporty way

Our Dental Services team at NHW are gearing up for a sporty Dental Health Week which runs from 3rd – 9th August. The theme this year is Sports & Oral Health and the aim is to educate Australians about how their actions on the field or at the gym can be impacting their oral health.

Dental professionals have been concerned for some time about increasing rates of dental problems among active Australian of all ages due to behaviours and habits around playing sport and being active that place their oral heath at risk.

Dental Health Week 2015 will aim to raise awareness of three main issues:

  • Mouthguard Awareness
  • Sports related dental trauma and tooth first aid
  • Sports hydration, dental caries and erosion.

The Australian Dental Associated poses 7 questions for consideration:-

  1. Are you increasing your risk of decay?
  2. Are you being persuaded by marketing?
  3. Would you know how to deal with dental trauma?
  4. What are you really taking?
  5. How many acid attacks are you having?
  6. Is dehydration getting the best of you?
  7. When was your last dental check?

Visit www.dentalhealthweek.com.au to see the fact sheets and resources available for download.

To support “Sports & Oral Health” NHW Dental Services will be holding special events throughout the week.  Staff will be involved with sporting related oral health education, displays,  screening sessions and colouring competitions.  The prize for the colouring competition is a Sherrin football signed by Cameron Ling, Lenny Hayes, Patrick Dangerfield, Mickey O’Loughlin, Leigh Montagna and Matthew Richardson.   The tooth fairy will be here to speak with younger clients and involve them in the activities. This will all occur on Wednesday 5 August at the Wangaratta clinic in Clark Street and at the Benalla Dental Clinic on Thursday 6 August.

For an appointment, please call the clinic on 5722 5325 – appointments are free for all children and teenagers up to year 12 level.