Australia to get its first dental check-up in over a decade

first dental check-up in over a decade

Australian adults are about to get a major dental check-up in the first national oral health study in more than a decade. Fifteen-thousand Australians will be randomly selected for a free dental examination as part of the $5.8 million study to be conducted over 2017-18.

Researchers will consider the effect of sugar, tobacco and fluoride and the findings will inform government policy.

Oral health-related behaviours

Professor Marco Peres, director of the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health at Adelaide University (ARCPOH), said the study would look at oral health-related behaviours—the pattern of dental attendance, barriers to access, frequency and reasons for dental visits, as well as satisfaction with health professionals.

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