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Oral health of Australian children: The National Child Oral Health Study 2012-14.
Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press
This publication provides a detailed snapshot of child oral health in Australia. It describes the levels of dental caries and its components, dental fluorosis and other oral health conditions. It also describes other protective factors such as tooth-brushing and the use of fluoridated toothpastes. The use of dental services by children so as to manage existing oral disease and to contribute to the prevention of dental caries are detailed. Important information of the patterns of dietary intake that might impact on child oral health are presented. The report describes patterns of oral health status and behaviours of a nationally representative sample of Indigenous children. Further, socioeconomic inequalities in child oral health and behaviours are examined. Finally, the report presents information on child oral health using frameworks that emphasise variation by the socio-economic characteristics of children's households and their reported pattern of dental service use across Australian states and territories.