The Need

Poor oral health among today’s school children is now a national crisis.

Consider these facts:

  • Each year, over 1.2 million school hours are lost due to poor oral health

  • Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease – 5X more common than asthma

  • Only 60% of CBDS-eligible children get any kind of dental care

  • Only 20% of the nation’s practicing dental-care professionals provide care to people with CBDS

  • 3 out of every 5 children are affected by tooth decay

  • 4 million children lack access to basic dental care

Australian Dental Association Endorses School-Based Dental Clinics and Mobile Dental Services

The Australian Dental Association has voiced its support for school-based dental care, and recommended stronger language for a provision in federal legislation that supports mobile and portable dental services.