As per recent reports, it has been revealed by Tanya Plibersek, the Federal Health Minister, that there is an urgent need to bring about improvements in the field of dental health care in Australia.
The statements have been released following after a recent report which presented a direct association between poor oral health and low incomes.
Along the same lines, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a report recently wherein it was claimed that while a massive 60% of Aussies generally visit the dentist, there are around one-third who tend to avoid the same avoid. Also, a number of people delay their visits to the dentist and it has been revealed that the major reason behind it is the costs involved.
The findings if the reports, which have been made available today, revealed the fact that a number of concession cardholders like pensioners were having two-times the number of missing teeth in comparison with other people and therefore they experienced more and more dental issues.
In addition, it has been said that people living on low incomes or those having a range of affordability issues were heavily expected of having far less issues related to poor oral health and teeth, or they were less expected to trip a dentist in any way.
While expressing concerns regarding the findings of the report, Dr. Jane Harford, AIHW spokesperson, said: “These adults were also more likely to visit for a dental problem than a check-up and were more likely to require treatment, especially extraction of teeth”.
She further told the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) in Sydney during a national conference that there was an evident association between health and wealth.