Tracking a country’s oral health

Australia’s Oral Health Tracker found that:

  • Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in Australia
  • Three out of four children and young people are consuming too much sugar
  • Only 51% of Australian adults brush their teeth the recommended twice a day
  • Risky drinking and smoking contribute to poor oral health

“The evidence shows that one-third of Australia’s five to six-year-olds have had decay in their baby teeth. This is an unacceptably high rate and puts these children at risk of poor oral health in their development and adult years.