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released: 28 Jan 2016 author: AIHW media release

This report is the latest in the Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures suite of printed publications and web products. It presents the most recent key information on the oral health and dental care of the Australian population. Between 1994 and 2013, there was an overall increase in the proportion of people who were uncomfortable about their dental appearance, from 20% to nearly 27%. The proportion who reported experiencing a toothache over the previous 12 months increased from around 11% to 16% over the same period.

ISBN 978-1-74249-883-6; Cat. no. DEN 229; 128pp.; $17

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
  • Introduction
    • Oral health
    • Use of dental services
    • Hospital separations
    • Financial barriers
    • Private health insurance
    • Expenditure
    • Dental workforce
  • Oral health
    • Caries experience of children
    • Caries experience of adults
    • Periodontal disease
    • Tooth retention and loss
    • Social impact
  • Use of dental services
    • Time since last dental visit
    • Reason for last dental visit
    • Type of practice visited at last dental visit
    • Dental visiting patterns for adults
    • Dental services received
    • Fissure sealants in children  
  • Hospitalisations
    • Potentially preventable hospital separations
    • Hospital separations for oral health procedures involving general anaesthetic
  • Financial barriers
  • Private health insurance
  • Use of private health insurance
  • Expenditure
  • Dental workforce
    • Size and distribution of the dental workforce
    • Characteristics of employed dentists
    • Dental specialists
  • Appendix A: Data collections used in this report
  • Appendix B: Data tables for figures
  • Appendix C: Confidence intervals for estimates in tables
  • Glossary
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures

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  1. (9feb2016) PDF Correction to first sentence on page 49. The rate should be 5.9 per 1,000 population, rather than 5.7.
    Previous version - Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures 2015 (2.8MB PDF)

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AIHW 2016. Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures 2015. Dental statistics and research series. Cat. no. DEN 229. Canberra: AIHW.

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