Oral Health Group

‘Unacceptable’ Gaps in Dental Health for Older Australians

December 12, 2019
by The Sydney Morning Herald

With one quarter of people aged over 65 living with complete tooth loss and more than 65 per cent of them reporting difficulty eating, the Australian Dental Association NSW says oral care needs to become a priority.

In a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Australian Dental Association NSW said poor oral health in older people was estimated to cost $750 million per year.

ADA NSW president Dr Kathleen Matthews said the report found insufficient attention to dental health leads to dental pain and malnutrition within residential aged care facilities.

“That’s unacceptable,” she said.

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