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High Levels of Tooth Decay Across Australian Population Cause Concern

March 19, 2018
by Alison Branley, ABC News

Only half of all Australians brush their teeth twice a day and it’s contributing to high levels of decay across the country, a report card on the nation’s dental health has found.

A leading think-tank has published the country’s first comprehensive Oral Health Tracker and found a series of damning statistics about the state of the population’s teeth.

It’s found 90 per cent of adults have some form of tooth decay, and risky alcohol consumption and smoking habits are contributing to poor oral health.

The Australian Health Policy Collaboration data also found almost three-quarters of children eat too much sugar and more than one-third of five-year-olds had decay in baby teeth.

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