Australia reports worse dental health in 2020

2020 03 19 20 15 0596 Australian Flag 400

The percentage of Australian adults with periodontal disease and untreated caries is on the rise, according to a new report by the Australian Dental Association.

The association's Adult Oral Health Tracker survey found 32% of Australian adults had untreated tooth decay in 2019, an increase of more than five percentage points from 2018. The percentage of adults with periodontal pockets of at least 4 mm also rose dramatically, from 19.8% in 2018 to 28.8% in 2019.

In addition, adults with a toothache in the past 12 months rose from 16% in 2018 to 20% in 2019. At the same time, adults with a dental visit in the past 12 months fell from 56% in 2018 to 49% in 2019.

The good news? Australian adults are brushing their teeth more often. A total of 53% of respondents said they brushed their teeth twice per day in 2019, up from 51% the previous year. Australian adults are also more likely to have at least 21 teeth.

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