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More than half of Australian children have tooth decay

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More than half of kids between the ages of six to ten have tooth decay, according to a new report on dental health.

Two reports released on Friday morning present the results of major national surveys of dental health by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The first report is an overall summary of dental health, and thesecond looking specifically at children with comparison between urban and remote areas. affordable dental implants london Both combine new and old survey data on dental health.

Shockingly, more than 50% of kids had some sort of decay for the age groups six to ten.

The overall picture of dental health is provided by the DMFT index (written dmft for baby teeth), which combines the number of decayed, missing and filled teeth into a single figure. Lower DMFT means better dental health and higher means worse.

There’s also been an increase in decay for kids at all ages except 5-year-olds since the last survey in 2007.

Professor Kaye Roberts-Thomson, same day teeth immediate implant london one of the report’s authors, said these levels of decay were a “real problem” in Australia.

“People thought decay was going away,” she said.

“It’s increased since the mid 1990s, and that could be all sorts of things, like less tap water, more sugar, it could be lots of different things.”best cosmetic dentistry london

When you look at results of the overall report by income status, there’s also a pretty clear picture of worse dental health among poor people, with DMFT decreasing with increasing income until the 60,000 – 80,000 bracket. That is, people with more money have healthier teeth.

People with lower incomes are much more likely to not get dental treatment because of the cost. 40.8% of people whose income was less than $12,000 said cost was prohibitive to getting their recommended dental care….read more

 

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