This report presents key data, information and trends over time, via a suite of interactive data visualisations, describing the oral health status of Australians and their use of dental care services. It is added to and updated as data becomes available. In 2019, the Australian Government paid benefits averaging $60 per service provided under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. Around one-fifth of dentate adults aged 15 years and over avoided or delayed dental care due to cost in 2019–20. Adults aged 15 years and over had an average of 11.2 decayed, missing and filled teeth in 2017–18. In 2017–18, about 72,000 hospitalisations for dental conditions may have been prevented with earlier treatment.
This report was last updated on 23 March 2021. Refer to Notes for further explanation.