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Oral health status and tradition in Australia.
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PMID:  6597134     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the past 30 years, dental health in Australia has undergone a marked improvement. This improvement has been paralleled by a significant change in attitudes to many aspects of dental health and in consequent behaviour. The caries experience of the younger Australian is now about one-third of that of his older counterpart. Two-thirds of the Australian population drink fluoridated water and there is widespread use of fluoridated dentifrices. Hence, the DMFT of 12 year olds is already approaching the target level of 3 for the year 2000, compared with a level of over 10 just 30 years ago. Edentulousness is still a problem, as evidenced by a rate of 68 per cent in those aged 45-64. With the increased retention of teeth in the young there is every expectation that this rate will be reduced significantly with time. Among the problem groups the aboriginal population, particularly those described as 'transitional', show all the ravages created by very high sucrose intake. To formulate plans to combat this a study of aboriginal dental health has been proposed.
C H Wall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International dental journal     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0020-6539     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Dent J     Publication Date:  1984 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-04-04     Completed Date:  1985-04-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374714     Medline TA:  Int Dent J     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  271-7     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Ethnic Groups
Health Status
Jaw, Edentulous / epidemiology
Jaw, Edentulous, Partially / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Oral Health*
Self Concept

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