Dental health

Good dental hygiene is important to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Poor oral health is linked to a higher incidence of serious diseases, including oral cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Why is dental health important?

Tooth decay can lead to serious and painful complications, including fillings, crowns and extractions. Without proper treatment, tooth decay can cause holes which can even create infections in the nerve of your tooth. If the nerve dies it can require root canal treatment. In serious cases, the tooth might need to be removed. Lack of proper dental hygiene can also result in the build of plaque, which attacks teeth and leads to gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease causes irritation and inflammation. In serious cases, it can destroy the bone supporting your teeth.

Statistics

70,200

Number of hospitalisations for dental conditions in 2016-17 that might have been prevented with earlier treatment.

14

Average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth in 35 to 54-year-olds in Australia.

42%

Children in Australia with decay in their baby teeth.

1 in 5

Adults in Australia with gum disease.