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The 2012-14 National Child Oral Health Study sampled 24,664 children across Australia for the purpose of providing an overview of children's dental health in the nation. (Photograph: Aigars Reinholds/Shutterstock)
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Dental health of Australian children still a concern

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ADELAIDE, Australia: The University of Adelaide Press has made the findings of the 2012–14 National Child Oral Health Study (NCOHS) available for free download, with a paperback edition set to be released in March. The collaborative work has been collected in a report and aims to provide an accurate and concise look at children’s dental health throughout the country.

The NCOHS sampled 24,664 children aged between 5 and 14 years across 841 schools and collected data regarding their dental health behaviours, access to dental care services, overall oral health status and other associated factors. The information was collected through a questionnaire filled out by parents and an oral examination performed by a qualified dental professional. The data was then analysed to estimate the prevalence of dental caries, dental fluorosis and other dental health issues and how these varied with social characteristics.

The study found that oral health is still a significant health issue for Australian children, despite some small improvements. Over 40 per cent of children aged between 5 and 10 years had experienced caries in their primary teeth, and the overall rate of carious lesions was consistently higher among children from lower education, low-income households. Additionally, children living in Queensland and the Northern Territory—two jurisdictions with more remote communities and lower levels of water fluoridation than the national average—were more likely to have dental caries and at a greater level of severity. The report ultimately offers a data set that can be used for further analysis of methods for improving children’s oral health, according to the editors.

The report has been published under the title Oral Health of Australian Children: The National Child Oral Health Study 2012–14 and is available as a free e-book from www.adelaide.edu.au/press.

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