Overview

Good oral health is an integral part of good general health and wellbeing. Oral health can affect a person’s diet and nutrition and, as a result, their overall health, and can also have a range of social impacts.

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Latest findings

In 2019, there were 58.7 dentists per 100,000 population in Australia

In 2020–21, around 1 in 2 (48%) Australians aged 15 years and over saw a dental professional in the last 12 months

In 2019–20, 5–9 year old's had the highest rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations due to dental conditions

Around three times as many children aged 10–14 years experienced toothache in 2017–18 than in 2013

The number of private dental practices accredited to the NSQHS standards nearly tripled between 2016 and 2018

Fewer adults aged 15 years and over received an oral health check-up in 2017–18 than in 2013