Colgate’s Cavity Report

Colgate’s Cavity Report

Tooth decay is considered to be Australia’s most chronic disease for children and is five times more prevalent in children than asthma. It has been such a growing health concern that the Australian Dental Association’s Dental Health Week campaign ‘Stop the Rot’ focused specifically on the oral health of children in 2012.

In a recent report by Colgate some disturbing facts were revealed:


On Brushing

  • Half of Australians forget to brush their teeth before bedtime
  • 4 in 10 Australians admit to not know how often it is recommended to brush teeth in order to maintain good oral health
  • Nearly 60% of Aussie parents struggle to make their children brush their teeth twice a day
  • Only 39% of Aussie parents believe they themselves should set a better example to their children when it comes to maintaining good oral health.

On Tooth Decay

  • Whilst 94% of parents worry over their kids having tooth decay by the age 10, half of them believe all children will experience tooth decay
  • Nearly 60% of Australians believe getting cavities happen to everyone

On Appearance of Teeth

  • 3 out of 5 Australian adults feel self conscious about the appearance of their teeth
  • 72% of Aussie parents worry about how their child’s teeth look

On Tooth Decay

  • Nearly half of Aussie parents reported their children having had experienced symptoms of tooth decay in the past 12 months
  • Only 25% of Australians realise that tooth decay is caused by overconsumption of sugary food and drinks

And in Australia it seems there is much regret about dental health: Almost 75% of Australian adults wished they had taken better care of their oral health earlier in their lives.

Read more about this very insightful report here: