Having healthy teeth, mouth and gums is important for your general health and wellbeing. It means you can eat, drink and speak without pain or discomfort. Find out what we’re doing to support dental health services in Australia.
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Dental health in Australia
Dental health in Australia has improved over the last 25 to 30 years. Changes such as adding fluoride to drinking water have helped to reduce tooth decay in children and adults.
But there is still room to improve. Dental health statistics show that in Australia:
- 3 in 10 people delay or avoid seeing a dentist because of the cost
- 1 in 4 children (aged 5 to 10) have untreated decay in their baby teeth
- 1 in 25 people (aged 15 and over) have no natural teeth left
To help improve dental health, state and territory governments provide public dental services.
To see if you’re eligible, visit the website of your state or territory dental service — you can find the links at dental health initiatives.
What we’re doing about dental health
The Australian Government works with state and territory governments to fund dental services and improve dental health. They have agreed to a National Oral Health Plan 2015 to 2024 that sets out priorities.
We support this plan through our policy work on child dental benefits. We also:
- manage the government funding agreement with states and territories to provide more public dental services for adults
- help to organise independent reviews of the Dental Benefits Act 2008