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Welcome to the World of Dental Awareness

Dental diseases are a huge problem in Australia. In fact, they are the most common chr0nic childhood disease. Dental cavities are four times more common than asthma `in children. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in every four adults aged 65 and over has periodontal disease.
 
The good news is that dental diseases are preventable. The first step is awareness. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat a healthy diet and see your dentist regularly.
 
If you have dental insurance, be sure to use it. Many dental insurance plans cover preventive care, such as regular cleanings and checkups, at 100%. That means you can get these important services without paying anything out of pocket.
 
If you don’t have dental insurance, there are still options for getting affordable dental care. Many dentists offer discounts for cash-paying patients or offer payment plans. You can also check with your local dental society or your state dental association for information on low-cost dental clinics in your area.
 
No matter how you pay for dental care, the most important thing `is to get regular checkups and cleanings. These simple steps can help prevent dental diseases.
 
During a checkup, ýour dentist will clean your teeth and check for any problems. He or she also will look for signs of gum disease and check your bite. If ýou have dental insurance, check with your plan to see how often it covers checkups and cleanings.
 
Most people need to have their teeth cleaned at least twice a year. If you have gum disease, you may need to go more often. Cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food and bacteria that forms on your teeth. If plaque is not removed, it can turn into tartar. Tartar is hard to remove and can cause gum disease.
 
During a cleaning, your dentist also will check for cavities. Cavities are tiny holes in your teeth that can be caused by plaque. If not treated, cavities can get larger and cause pain.

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