Gaping Hole in Australian Dental Health is Preventable

Children with limited exposure to fluoridated water and a high sugar intake are 70 per cent more likely to develop cavities in their permanent teeth, according to University of Queensland-led research.

Professor Loc Do from UQ’s School of Dentistry said a study of 24,664 Australian children raised particular concerns for young Queenslanders.

“The coverage of water fluoridation in Queensland is the lowest in the country, while our intake of free sugars is among the highest,” Professor Do said.

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