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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin September 2011
11 SePtember 2011 dECAY REMAInS COMMOn In AUSTRALIAn CHILdREn ACCORdInG TO nEW AIHW REPORTS dEnTAL bOARd Of AUSTRALIA UPdATES WEbSITE dEnTISTS And HIv A nEW RESOURCE bY THE AUSTRALASIAn SOCIETY fOR HIv MEdICInE (ASHM) RURAL And REMOTE STUdEnT STUdY GRAnT AnnOUnCEd The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recently released two new reports – Dental decay among Australian children* and Changes in child toothbrushing over time† – based on data obtained from the Child Dental Health Survey (CDHS) 2005. The first of these reports confirms that while there has been a significant decrease in the presence of dental decay in children aged 5 to 6 since the 1970s, decay remains common in Australian children. Nearly half of children aged 5-6 years (48.7%) had a history of dental decay in the deciduous teeth. Likewise, nearly half of children aged 12 years (45.1%) had a history of decay in the permanent teeth. Young children from the lowest socioeconomic areas had about 70% more dental decay than children from the highest socioeconomic areas. Also concerning is the proportion of children brushing their teeth less than once a day. The number of children brushing less than once per day among children when they start brushing with toothpaste almost doubled between 1993 and 2000. The proportion brushing with low-fluoride children’s toothpaste, as is recommended for children aged 6 years or under, has increased but so to has the inappropriate eating or licking of toothpaste, both when children start brushing and at 5 years of age. ADA Inc. will continue to reinforce the message to the Australian public that brushing twice a day with the right technique and with an appropriate brush is fundamental to good oral health. *AIHW Dental Statistics and Research Unit, Research report series no. 53. †AIHW Dental Statistics and Research Unit, Research report series no. 54. The Dental Board of Australia has updated its website to reflect the corporate look of AHPRA and with the aim of making it easier to navigate and find important information. Over the next few weeks the Board will continue to make improvements to the site. Visit: www.dentalboard.gov.au If, during this time, you have difficulties finding specific information, please submit an online enquiry form from the AHPRA website, choosing ‘web content issues’ as the category. Dentists and HIV is the latest professional booklet produced by the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) in response to ongoing confusion in the dental care industry about the management of suspected HIV cases. The booklet was launched at the recent Infection Control and Risk Management Seminar held in Adelaide. With 17,000 people now living with HIV in Australia and around 1,000 new infections each year, the chances of a dentist or dental assistant seeing a patient with HIV is steadily increasing. Although patients are not legally required to disclose their HIV status to their dentist, dentists have a number of legal obligations should they suspect or are informed a patient has HIV. Dental assistants, who play a key role in dental care, should also be informed about the practice of managing suspected HIV cases. This 12 page booklet, developed through extensive consultation with clinical dental and medical experts and the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre in NSW and endorsed by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) – addresses such essential topics as: • Oral manifestations and complications associated with HIV • Management of HIV-associated oral conditions • Risk and management of occupational exposure • Legal rights and obligations Dentists and HIV can be downloaded for free from www.ashm.org.au/publications and is also available as an interactive online module at www.ashm.org.au/e-learning To order a copy: call ASHM on 02 8204 0700 or order online at www.ashm.org.au/publications; or contact: Emily Wheeler at Emily.Wheeler@ashm.org.au; Phone: +61 3 9341 5244 The ADA congratulates Kelsey Barker, a third year dental student at La Trobe University (Bendigo campus), who is the recipient of The Wrigley Company Foundation ADA Study Grant for Students from Rural and Remote Regions. As part of the ADA’s Dental Health Week, held during August, Kelsey Barker will receive a grant from the ADA and The Wrigley Company Foundation to further her studies and support her volunteer efforts in rural Australia. latest news
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