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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Poor oral health found among preschool children in rural and remote Western Australia

Date posted: 10 May 2012

An article published in the journal Rural and Remote Health has shown findings of poor oral health among preschoolers in rural and remote Western Australia (WA).

The study, Oral health of preschool children in rural and remote Western Australia, which was published by researchers from the Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health, at the University of Western Australia, involved 253 children in Carnarvon, Wiluna, Roebourne, Kalgoorlie and Esperance.

The study notes tooth decay to be far higher among Indigenous children than non-Indigenous children. Among its key findings in Indigenous children aged 2-4 years were:

The study also highlights a low percentage of children across WA visiting a dentist before the age of 5 years, when they gain access to WA's publically funded School dental service program.

Source: ScienceNetwork Western Australia


Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health (CRROH)
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University of Western Australia
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Last updated: 10 May 2012
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