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Public dental service visits by children, prevalence

Males, 2016-2017
14.7Males, 2014-2015
13.5Males, 2012-2013
9.5Males, 2010-2011
12.4Males, 2008-2009
10.5Males, 2006-2007
10.7Males, 2004-2005
12.5Females, 2016-2017
12.6Females, 2014-2015
11Females, 2012-2013
10.3Females, 2010-2011
10.1Females, 2008-2009
10.4Females, 2006-2007
11.1Females, 2004-2005
13.4Persons, 2016-2017
13.7Persons, 2014-2015
12.3Persons, 2012-2013
9.9Persons, 2010-2011
11.3Persons, 2008-2009
10.5Persons, 2006-2007
10.9Persons, 2004-2005
  • + Source

    NSW Population Health Survey (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.

  • + Notes

    Parent-reported data collected through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Estimates weighted to adjust for differences in the probability of selection among respondents and benchmarked to the estimated residential population using the latest available Australian Bureau of Statistics mid-year population estimates. 

    In order to address diminishing coverage of the population by landline telephone numbers (<85% since 2010), a mobile phone number sampling frame was introduced into the 2012 survey.

    LL/UL 95%CI = lower and upper limits of the 95% confidence interval for the point estimate.

  • + Commentary

    The indicator includes children who attended a public dental service or dental hospital in the previous 12 months. The parents of children reported whether their child had, in the previous year, visited a public dental service or dental hospital.

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    • Key points: Oral health

      Overall, oral health in NSW is good by world standards. However, oral health varies with age and among population subgroups.

      Oral health is worse in areas with no access to a fluoridated community water supply.

      Oral Health 2020: A Strategic Framework for Dental Health in NSW contains a summary of key indicators of oral health for children, adults and disadvantaged groups.

    • Introduction: Oral health


      Oral health is an integral component of lifelong health and is much more than the absence of oral disease. Oral health can affect a person's comfort in eating and social interactions, their self-esteem and satisfaction with their appearance.

      A key indicator of the oral health status of a population is the measure of dental caries. In the primary dentition, this is recorded as the number of primary teeth that are decayed (d), missing (m) due to dental caries, or filled (f) because of dental caries. Permanent caries experience (DMFT) is recorded as the number of permanent teeth that are either decayed (D), missing (M) because of dental caries, or filled (F) because of dental caries

      Burden of disease

      In recent years, dental caries was the most prevalent health problem, and periodontal diseases were the fifth most prevalent health problem in Australia. About 90% of all tooth loss can be attributed to these two health problems and, because they are preventable and treatable, most tooth loss is avoidable. In recent decades, factors such as changes in diet, reduced sugar consumption, exposure to fluoride, and changes in disease management have contributed to significant improvements in oral health. Australians in all states and territories enjoy a relatively high standard of oral health. However, this high standard is not equally distributed among different age and social groups.

      Oral health is affected by a complex interplay of social, environmental, and economic factors that extend beyond risk behaviour. Specific population groups, such as refugees and prison inmates, continue to experience extensive oral disease.

    • Interventions: Oral health

      Oral Health 2020: A Strategic Framework for Dental Health in NSW

      The Strategic Framework Oral Health 2020 sets the platform for oral health action in NSW into the next decade. It provides an overview of the oral health status of the population, outlines the goals for oral health services, describes target groups that require focused efforts, and outlines the high level actions that will be pursued to improve the oral health of the population. The Strategic Framework will support the NSW Ministry of Health and Local Health Districts to plan and deliver priority programs tailored to the health needs of the populations at both a state and local level.

      The goals of Oral Health 2020: A Strategic Framework for Dental Health in NSW are to:

      1. Improve access to oral health services in NSW.

      2. Reduce disparities in the oral health status of people in NSW.

      3. Improve the oral health of the NSW population through primary prevention.

      Further information about oral health strategies in NSW can be found at:

    • For more information: Oral health

      Useful websites include:

      National Health and Medical Research Council. Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Canberra: Available at:

      Australian Bureau of Statistics at

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare at

      healthdirect at

Last Updated At: Tuesday, 28 July 2020