FOLLOWING the Southern Downs Regional Council’s decision to cease water fluoridation, local experts are advising residents that there are a number of things they can do to ensure they maintain good oral health.
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Southern Downs Principal Dentist Dr David Griffiths said eating a balanced healthy diet and avoiding sweet, sticky foods and high sugar drinks was a good place to start.
“Limit your intake of any food containing complex fermentable carbohydrates such as some fruits, muesli bars, ice-cream toppings and any confectionary,” Dr Griffiths said.
“Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after every meal and always clean between teeth with dental floss daily.
“Teeth should be brushed after every meal but where this is not possible they should be brushed morning and night with a fluoride toothpaste, as a bare minimum.”
Parents can also take steps to ensure their children’s teeth remain healthy and free of cavities.
“Children’s teeth should be brushed by a parent until age 10,” Dr Griffiths said.
“Always use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head and consider having fluoride painted on your children’s teeth annually.
“Adults can also have fluoride applied when they visit their dentist for their annual check up.”
The DDHHS does not recommend the routine use of fluoride tablets or drops because of the difficulties in measuring and controlling consistent and effective doses.
“Following these simple tips will help prevent dental disease and unnecessary trips to the dentist,” said Dr Griffiths.