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released: 13 Sep 2013 author: AIHW, Harford JE & Islam S

This publication reports oral health and dental visiting patterns of Australian adults in 2010, and trends from 1994 to 2010. While most adults reported good oral health in 2010 and 60% had visited a dentist in the previous 12 months, almost 38% reported a financial barrier or hardship associated with dental visits. Adults from lower income households, or those who held a concession card, reported poorer oral health status, more toothache, less dental visiting and greater difficulty in paying a $150 dental bill than those from higher income households and non-cardholders.

ISSN 1321-0254; ISBN 978-1-74249-492-0; Cat. no. DEN 227; 94pp.; $14

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Measures reported
      • Presentation of results
    • 2 Oral health
      • What are the known risk factors for oral disease?
      • Measures of oral health
      • How many people experienced oral health problems?
      • Does oral health differ with age?
      • Does oral health differ by socioeconomic status?
      • Does oral health differ by remoteness area?
      • How has oral health changed over time?
    • 3 Dental visiting
      • Why is dental visiting important?
      • Measures of dental visiting
      • How many adults made a dental visit?
      • Does dental visiting differ with age?
      • Does dental visiting differ by socioeconomic status?
      • Does dental visiting differ by remoteness area?
      • Has dental visiting changed over time?
    • 4 Financial barriers and hardship
      • Measures of financial barriers and hardship
      • How many dentate people experienced financial barriers or hardship?
      • Which indicators of financial barriers or hardship were the most common?
      • Does experience of financial barriers or hardship differ by age?
      • Does experience of financial barriers or hardship differ by socioeconomic status?
      • Does experience of financial barriers or hardship differ by remoteness area?
      • Has experience of financial barriers or hardship changed over time?
    • 5 Tooth loss
      • Measures of tooth loss
      • What was the accumulated burden of tooth loss?
      • Does accumulated tooth loss differ by age?
      • Does accumulated tooth loss differ by socioeconomic status?
      • Does accumulated tooth loss differ by remoteness area?
      • Does accumulated tooth loss vary with dental visiting?
      • What is the impact of tooth loss?
      • Has accumulated tooth loss changed over time?
    • 6 Services received
      • Measures of services received
      • What services did dentate adults receive?
      • Did services differ by age?
      • Did services received differ by socioeconomic status?
      • Did services received differ by remoteness area?
      • Did services received vary by reason for visit?
      • Did services received vary by experience of financial barriers or hardship?
      • Have services received changed over time?
      • What were the reasons for having a tooth extracted?
      • Does reason for extraction differ by age?
      • Does reason for extraction differ by socioeconomic status?
      • Does reason for extraction differ by remoteness area?
    • 7 Perceived need for care
      • Measures of perceived need for dental care
      • How many adults reported a need for dental care?
      • Did perceived need for dental care vary by age?
      • Does need for dental care vary by socioeconomic status?
      • Does need for dental care vary by remoteness area?
      • Has perceived need for care changed over time?
    • 8 International comparisons
    • 9 Synthesis of results
      • General picture
      • Changes over time
      • Differences between men and women
      • Differences between age groups
      • Differences across geographic location
      • Differences between socioeconomic groups
      • Differences by financial barriers and hardships
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Data used in this report
        • Appendix B:Data quality statement
      • Appendix B: Confidence intervals for tables
    • Glossary
    • References
    • Related publications
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW, Harford JE & Islam S 2013. Adult oral health and dental visiting in Australia: results from the National Dental Telephone Interview Survey 2010. Dental statistics and research series 65. Cat. no. DEN 227. Canberra: AIHW.