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released: 17 Mar 2007 author: AIHW Dental Statistics and Research Unit media release

Australia's dental generations provides a detailed snapshot of oral health in the adult population at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Drawing on the findings from the 2004-06 National Survey of Adult Oral Health, the report describes levels of oral disease, perceived oral health and patterns of dental care for the nation, and among sociodemographic subgroups.The report also analyses trends in oral health that have occurred since the first national oral health survey conducted 17 years ago. The results illustrate how unique historical experiences of four generations born throughout the twentieth century have left a lasting imprint on the distribution of oral health in today's population.

ISSN 1321 0254; ISBN 978-1-74024-654-5; Cat. no. DEN 165; 292pp.; Internet only

Publication

Publication table of contents

  • Contents
  • Overview of results
  • 1 Introduction
    • 1.1 Purpose of this report
    • 1.2 Why was the Survey undertaken?
    • 1.3 Genesis of the 2004–06 survey
    • 1.4 Organisation of this report
  • 2 Survey aims and methods
    • 2.1 Aims of the Survey
    • 2.2 Study population and sampling
    • 2.3 Computer-assisted telephone interview
    • 2.4 Oral epidemiological examination
    • 2.5 Period of data collection
    • 2.6 Ethical conduct of research
    • 2.7 Target sample size
    • 2.8 Weighting of data for analysis
    • 2.9 Reporting 95% confidence intervals to express sampling variability
    • 2.10 Data analysis
  • 3 Participation in the Survey
    • 3.1 Participation rates in the Survey
    • 3.2 Assessment of non-participation bias
    • 3.3 Sociodemographic characteristics of the population
  • 4 The historical context of Australia's oral health
    • 4.1 The social and historical determinants of oral health
    • 4.2 Histories reported by survey participants
  • 5 Oral health status
    • 5.1 Tooth loss
    • 5.2 Experience of dental decay
    • 5.3 Gum diseases
    • 5.4 Tooth wear
  • 6 Dental care
    • 6.1 People's most recent dental visit
    • 6.2 People's usual pattern of dental visits
    • 6.3 Financial barriers to dental care
  • 7 Oral health perceptions
    • 7.1 Oral health problems
    • 7.2 Perceived need for dental treatment
  • 8 Trends in oral health 1987–2006
    • 8.1 Trends in oral health status
    • 8.2 Trends in dental attendance
    • 8.3 Trends in perceived dental treatment needs
    • 8.4 Summary of trends
    • 8.5 Projections of prevalence of complete tooth loss
  • 9 Interpretation of findings
    • 9.1 Oral health status
    • 9.2 Dental attendance
    • 9.3 The dental care system
    • 9.4 The dental labour force
    • 9.5 Social and historical determinants of oral health
  • Appendix
  • Supplementary tables
  • State and territory survey personnel
  • ARCPOH interviewers
  • Symbols
  • Abbreviations
  • Place names
  • Glossary
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW Dental Statistics and Research Unit 2007. Australia's dental generations: the National Survey of Adult Oral Health 2004-06. Dental statistics and research series 34. Cat. no. DEN 165. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 31 August 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467953>.

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