Six statistics that illustrate Australia's dental gap

THE Royal Flying Doctor Service says people living in the country have a greater burden of tooth decay than those in urban areas.

Its report, titled Filling the Gap, finds:

  1. There is a 55% higher incidence of cavities in children in remote areas compared with major cities.
  2. Rural children have double the number of teeth filled than city children.
  3. 57% of Indigenous people have one or more teeth affected by decay.
  4. Only 45% of rural adults see a dentist annually compared with 63% in major cities.
  5. 33% of residents in remote