Main findings All measures of tooth loss, poorer oral health and unfavourable dental visiting patterns were more prevalent among non-capital-city residents than capital-city dwellers:

  • Complete tooth loss was more prevalent among older age groups and non-capital-city residents.
  • Inadequate natural dentition (having less than 21 teeth) was more prevalent among non-capital-city residents, particularly in the 55-74 years age group.
  • Untreated decay was more prevalent among residents of non-capital-city areas than capital-city dwellers, and was most pronounced in the 15-34 years age group.
  • People living in non-capital-city areas were more likely to have a problem-oriented pattern of dental attendance, and were:
    • less likely to visit for check-ups
    • less likely to make an annual dental visit
    • less likely to have a particular dentist that they usually visit.
  • People living in non-capital-city areas were less likely to have made a dental visit within the previous 12 months, and those who had visited were:
    • more likely to have had one or more teeth extracted
    • less likely to have received a professional clean and polish.