Most people would be shocked to learn that poor oral hygiene can have devastating affects far beyond bad breath and stained teeth. Serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and birth problems have all been associated with poor oral health!*
Dentist Dr Georgious V. Sotiropoulos (BDS- Syd Uni), founder of ‘The Dentist’ dental practice in Mosman believes that oral hygiene needs to be put back on everyone’s priority list, especially considering the medical conditions it can lead to. “It is likely that there is a significant number of people of all ages, not just Australian children, who currently have tooth decay due to poor oral hygiene,” says Dr Georgious.
It’s a wonder Australians have such poor oral health, when simple steps (which are second nature to most) such as brushing your teeth, are easy ways to improve oral hygiene. Yet recent studies by the State of Victoria Department of Health show that dental admissions are the highest cause of acute preventable hospital admissions and oral health is also the second-most expensive disease group in Australia. Even more shockingly, tooth decay is still over five times more prevalent than asthma among children. *
The State of Victoria Department of Health identified cost barriers and expensive dental bills as the main contributing factor to the current fall in oral hygiene. Dr. Georgious believes good dental practice is a learned routine adults need to ensure is passed onto their children. And a cost effective way to tackle oral hygiene for the whole family is with White Glo products, readily available in supermarkets and pharmacies for around $5.00.
The White Glo range includes a Day and Night package which is especially formulated to improve oral health with toothpaste variants to address the different needs of your teeth throughout the day and night. White Glo products also have the added benefit of an in-built whitening formula to tackle stains caused by sugary foods and dark liquids.
The White Glo Extra Strength Professional Choice Whitening Toothpaste is still rated number one by Choice Magazine!
Dr. Georgious’ four easy steps to achieving better oral hygiene:
- Brush carefully morning and night using a toothpaste containing fluoride
- Regularly change your toothbrush
- Avoid sugary drinks and food
- Ensure your iron levels are high to prevent gum disease
- Have a check-up with your dentist every six months. Prevention is better than a cure!
Dr. Georgious says toothbrushes should be replaced every two months to ensure optimum cleaning effectiveness. To help, White Glo provide an anti-stain toothbrush with every tube of Professional Choice Extra Strength Whitening Toothpaste and Coffee and Tea Toothpaste!!
* Evidence based oral health promotion resource, State of Victoria Department of Health.