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.