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:
- 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: