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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin March 2011
8 MARCH 2011 MOUTHGUARD AWAREnESS MAkE MOUTHGUARDS MAnDATORY A recent study commissioned by the Australian Dental Association has found that 53 per cent of children who play contact sports are not wearing a mouthguard and therefore leave themselves at significant risk of painful and costly dental injuries. The study also found that just over one-third (36%) of children aged from five to 17 have a mouthguard and wear it when playing sport. Alarmingly, the number of children wearing mouthguards during training for contact sports drops to just 19 per cent. Statistics such as these reiterate the necessity of raising awareness of the importance of mouthguards. Each year, the ADA runs a Mouthguard Awareness campaign in the hope of seeing a gradual behavioural change in all participants of sport. The overall goal is global, but actions must be local and the ADA encourages all members to promote these messages by working with your local sports clubs, schools and community groups by providing posters, fact sheets and children’s activity sheets. In this issue of the News Bulletin, members will find a copy of the 2011 Mouthguard Awareness poster which we urge all members to display in their practices. Additional copies are available free-of-charge by contacting the Marketing Team on 02 9906 4412. Further information and downloadable Fact Sheets can also be found at www.mouthguardawareness.info nEW REPORT SELf-RATED ORAL HEALTH Of ADULTS The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a new report on the Self-rated oral health of adults. Within the 2008 National Dental Telephone Interview Survey, people were asked the question, “How do you rate your oral health?” with the choices being: ‘poor’, ‘fair’, ‘good’, ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’. Overall Over 65% rated their oral health as good or very good and 11% as excellent, but 21% rated their oral health as fair or poor. PERCENTAGE SELF-RATING ORAL HEALTH AS FAIR OR POOR BY AGE AND INSURANCE AND HEALTH CARE CARD STATUS Insurance 18-24 years 25-44 years 54-64 years 65+ years Card status 18-24 years 25-44 years 54-64 years 65+ years 0 10 20 Per cent 30 40 50 Insurance No insurance No card Card Source: National Dental Telephone Interview Survey 2008. By Age Some 13% of young adults and 24% of those aged 45 years and older rated their oral health as fair or poor. By Sex In most age groups, more males than females rated their oral health more poorly. By Education Less education was associated with poorer self-rated oral health in all age groups. By Socio Demographic Status Differences can be seen in self-rated oral health with both private dental insurance and health card status. See graphical representation below. Financial Factors – Home Ownership Whether people rented their home, or were buying or owned it, provided noticeable differences in self-rated oral health. More renters rated their oral health as fair or poor compared with those who owned or were buying their house. Difficulty paying a $150 Dental Bill About twice as many people reporting difficulty in paying a $150 bill than those reporting no difficulty. Among the 25–44 years age group 23% of persons who had financial difficulty reported poorer oral health compared with 11% of those with no difficulty; in the 45–64 age group the difference was 27% to 17%. The full report can be found at: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/ index.cfm/title/12486 latest news
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