Six statistics that illustrate Australia's dental gap
15th September 2015
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:
- There is a 55% higher incidence of cavities in children in remote areas compared with major cities.
- Rural children have double the number of teeth filled than city children.
- 57% of Indigenous people have one or more teeth affected by decay.
- Only 45% of rural adults see a dentist annually compared with 63% in major cities.
- 33% of residents in remote