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. Poor oral health – mainly tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss – may result in a person experiencing pain, discomfort and feelings of embarrassment. Around 1 in 3 adults have reported feeling uncomfortable about their dental appearance.
This report was last updated on 21 November 2023. Refer to Notes for further explanation.
- Cat. no: DEN 231
In 2021–22, around 1 in 2 (49%) Australians aged 15 years and over saw a dental professional in the last 12 months
In 2021–22, 5–9 year olds had the highest rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations due to dental conditions
In 2021–22, the median charge, benefit and gap for a preventative dental clean was $61, $40 and $19, respectively
Overall, $11.1 billion was spent on dental services in 2020–21