Australia’s Oral Health Tracker Released
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) at Victoria University has released a world first – a national oral
health report card that reveals that more than 90% of Australian adults have experienced decay in their permanent teeth.
Australia’s Oral Health Tracker (the latest report in the Australia’s Health Tracker series) establishes vital links between oral health and general overall health.
Australia’s Oral Health Tracker reveals that:
– Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in Australia.
– Three out of four children and young people are consuming too much sugar.
– Only 51.0% of Australian adults brush their teeth the recommended twice a day.
– Risky drinking and smoking contribute to poor oral health.
Too much sugar, regular drinking and smoking not only impacts on oral health, but is also linked to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
Australia’s Oral Health Tracker has been developed by Australia’s leading dental academics/researchers, clinicians, policy and public health experts. It sets targets for improving the oral health of children, young people and adults by the year 2025 – aligned with the World Health Organisation’s targets for global prevention and reduction in chronic diseases.