You Might Get A Free Check-up!
Across Australia, some lucky individuals will be plucked from the crowd for free dental health services, including some Perth residents. While affordable dental services might be difficult to find, an Australian study taking place the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health at Adelaide University (ARCPOH) will be dishing out free dental examinations to fifteen thousand Australians.
This is part of a $5.8 million research study, taking place throughout this year and next. While general dental services in Perth are readily accessible to most, this study will be taking a deeper look at the barriers that may stop people from visiting their dentist, as well as dental check-up regularity, and how satisfied the recipients are with their practitioners. The effects of sugar, tobacco, and fluoride on pearly whites will also be examined.
The findings from this research will support any changes or updates to policies that the Australian government may be considering. For example, the findings could encourage incentive plans for dental care, as well as any future changes to policies on how we consume sugar, fluoride, or tobacco.
The phrase ‘sugar tax’ has been murmured in the past, and as our health is diminishing and our waistlines bulging, it’s becoming more and more of a possibility. Any findings in this study could be used in the debate surrounding the sugar tax, and whether you’re all for it or starting to stockpile the sweet stuff, there is a national discussion beginning to take place. With 75% of young people currently exceeding their recommended daily intake, the government is being urged to act now and save our famous Australian smiles and healthy lifestyles.
Opposition is dismissive – many people believe that it’s the person’s individual responsibility to maintain their health and wellbeing, and it shouldn’t be up to the ATO to hike up the prices on everyone. The idea of a ‘nanny state’ seems far too real in these instances, and many Aussies would rather the government minded their own business. However, the vulnerability of young people to advertising and impulsive sugary snacks is terrifyingly real when you read the above statistics – this susceptibility turns into lifetime habits and addictions, at which point it can be difficult to reverse. The government is going to have its hands full trying to find a way to dissuade excessive sugar consumption without treading on the toes of liberty.
As a Perth dental clinic, our team are invested in your dental health and wellbeing. If you are concerned about your sugar intake, or if you want to find out how to cut down on some sugar, there are some great resources online like this one here.
Sugar is highly addictive – while small amounts are great to add some sweetness to a meal and boost your energy, you might be surprised at how many foods contain high levels of sugar. For example, in two tablespoons of BBQ sauce, there are three teaspoons of sugar, and tomato sauce has one teaspoon to every tablespoon.
Next time you go to the supermarket, check out the ingredients list on the packaging. Ingredients are listed in order of predominance by weight, so if sugar is one of the first ingredients mentioned then it is one of the most prevalent.