State of decay – Australia’s teeth

You’re doing it wrong Australia! In regards to oral health at least. Thats what the latest studies show, and the numbers make for pretty grim reading. I’ll spare you the long boring essay and deliver some jaw dropping facts straight to your face:

The bad

  1. The average number of affected teeth is on the rise in children, both in permanent and baby teeth.
  2. In 2010, nearly half of children aged 12 had experienced decay in their permanent teeth.
  3. 3 in 10 adults aged 25-44 had untreated tooth decay.

The good

  1. Australians were more likely to have visited the dentist in the past 12 months than New Zealand residents (hahaha take that kiwi’s)
  2. Since 1987, the number of people with decayed, missing or filled teeth is declining.
  3. Young people have lover risk of gum disease than older people.

If you’re into graphs, numbers and facts, check out the full document from the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing here:

Are you one of the 40% of people aged 15+ who didn’t visit a dentist in the last year? Maybe you know someone? Name and shame people, Name and shame!



– Leo


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