Nearly one third of Australians admit that they cannot afford to pay for their yearly dental checkups while another 40 percent say that they do not go for regular checkups.
The report, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, reveals that 30 percent of Australians visit their dentists only when they have a serious problem, which often means that common problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are in advanced stages.
AdvertisementAccording to the report, the inability or unwillingness to go to a dentist means that Australian adults are three times more likely to suffer from untreated tooth decay.
"Those with an unfavourable pattern of dental attendance had more than three times the level of untreated decayed teeth and 1.6 times more teeth missing due to dental decay", Professor Spencer added.
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