Australia fails the oral health test
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has released it first national oral health check and, unfortunately, we failed.
Australia's Oral Health Tracker revealed that more than 90 per cent of adults have, or have experienced, decay in their permanent teeth.
Also, only half of all adults brush their teeth as recommended (twice a day) and smoking and alcohol consumption is a major contributor to our oral health woes.
Perhaps more alarming is the rate of tooth decay among Aussie children, with one-third having decay in their baby teeth. Three in four consume too much sugar.
"The evidence shows that one-third of Australia's five to six year-olds have had decay in their baby teeth," said Federal President of the Australian Dental Association, Dr Hugo Sachs.
"This is an unacceptably high rate and puts these children at risk of poor oral health in their development and adult years."
The report also revealed that, in 2015-16, there were 67,266 preventable hospitalisations for oral health problems. Around one-third of these cases involved children under the age of nine years. One in ten cases were preventable admissions due to dental conditions.
"With poor oral health linked to a range of diseases in adulthood it's critical governments work to ensure healthy oral health habits among the young," said Dr Sachs.
Read more at www.ada.org.au