Oral health(tooth decay) data for kids stopped being collected in 2010 and rarely collected for adults. Dentists collect oral health data which should be put on a national database so individuals can compare their oral health with any post code, state or national averages.
Tooth decay is the most prevalent global health problem where acid demineralisation of teeth exceeds saliva and Fluoride remineralisation, affecting 12 million Australians each year, increasing for children since 1999 and involving 23.7 adult teeth in a life time and is our second most costly food related disease with an economic impact comparable with that of heart disease and diabetes.
Approximately $8.3 billion was spent on dental services in 2011-12, representing 6% of total health expenditure. In 2013-14, there were 63,910 preventable hospitalizations of children under the age of 9 due to dental causes in Australia, and dental expenditure through the Child Dental Benefits Scheme for tooth extractions was $20.5 million in 2014/15, and $96.1 million for fillings that could be prevented with better tooth care data and STEM education.
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