About Dental Health Week

Dental Health Week, which takes place this year from 6 to 12 August, is the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health promotion event. Its aim is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health by promoting these key messages:


  • •  Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • • Clean in between teeth at least once a day with floss or an interdental brush
  • • Eat a healthy balance diet and limit sugar intake
  • • Regularly visit the dentist for check-ups and preventive treatment.

This year, these important messages will be reinforced with a little cheeky humour via the tagline “Watch Your Mouth”.
Tempting though it is to think everyone is watching their mouth and practicing good oral health, the reality is that many Australians are not fully heeding these messages.

  •  - 65% of Australians haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years. 
  •  - 50% of Australians brushing their teeth only once-a-day.
  • - Nearly 40% never flossing or cleaning-between their teeth.
  • - 73% of young people (14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar.

All of which means that getting the message out there about good oral health is more important than ever.
Since the best oral care education occurs face to face, from dental professional to patient, we’re encouraging you to use the Dental Health Week website, the associated resources, and even the ADA’s Oral Health Tracker to help start conversations with your patients and the wider community about watching their mouth and making their oral health a high priority.