Dental Health Week competition launches today

This year, Dental Health Week (DHW) is focusing on sugar; the ADA plans to highlight the effects of sugar on oral health, and how to interpret nutrition information panels, all while shedding light on hidden sugars.

Due to COVID-19, the Colgate-supported ‘brush and paste’ competition will not be held in 2020; however, it doesn’t mean that you won’t have an opportunity to be involved. Instead of submitting ideas for oral health promotion activities, this year we’re asking you to submit your best tooth-friendly sweet treat recipe.

As part of the 2020 DHW Campaign, the ADA will release a tooth-friendly sweet treat cookbook in line with the campaign on sugar. This will be a great resource for patients when discussing nutrition, sugar and oral health, and now you have the chance to get your recipe and a profile of your practice published in the book.

Recipes must be for a sweet treat; they must be your own work and not duplicated from an existing source, and you must be an Australian Dental Association member to be eligible. Ingredients must be listed in metric measures and product brand names should be avoided where possible.

The 20 best recipes (‘the winners’) will be chosen to be included in the tooth-friendly cookbook.


Entries open Monday 11 May 2020 and will close Friday 19 June 2020.

What to submit

– Your original tooth-friendly sweet treat recipe

– A picture of the recipe completed

– A picture of you/your team who has submitted the recipe

-Entrant name, a contact phone number and ADA member number.

Send entries to [email protected]

By providing your entry, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions found at Winners will be notified via email by Friday, 17 July 2020.

Thinking about tooth-friendly recipes

-When looking at sugar content, ideally foods should have 15 grams of sugar per 100 grams, although 5 grams per 100 grams is best.

-There are over 50 names/ingredients that are used to sweeten foods – beware of hidden sugar ingredients.

-The World Health Organisation recommends adult sugar consumption make up 10% of daily energy consumption; to decrease the risk of tooth decay, this should be limited to 5%.

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