If you are looking for a dentist and you live in Joondalup, it is easy to find one. At 1300 Great Smile, we have two locations. Both have an emergency dentist on duty long hours during weekdays and short hours on the weekends. In addition, most people in Joondalup make enough money that they have no problem affording dental care.
In other words, there is really no reason for people who live in the Joondalup area to not receive adequate dental care. But some don’t. There are a lot of “reasons.” Some people don’t think about it until their teeth start to hurt. Then they go to the emergency dentist, get it taken care of and don’t think about it until they hurt again. Then they go back.
A lot of people think they “don’t have time to go to the dentist.” But the time and effort they eventually spend when they develop dental emergencies end up being much more than they would have by regular trips to the dentist and professional cleanings on a periodic basis.
The National Oral Health Alliance has a page in which they use a number of surveys and studies as resources. Sources include the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament and the National Survey of Adult Oral Health, 2004-2006.
The statistics we are going to tell you about refer mostly to aboriginal and remote regional areas where a lot of people don’t receive dental care. There aren’t a lot of dentists and a lot of people can’t afford them anyway. The intent of the page was to make Australians aware of those who don’t receive dental services, but we see it in a different light.
We see the statistics as proof of what happens to those who take dental care for granted and can’t be bothered with regular visits. We will present the facts and then comment on them at the end.
Dental Care Facts
Approximately 30% of people in Australia do not receive dental care due to not having dental care available, not being able to afford it or other reasons. There is a closely related finding: when you add in those who delay dental services because they can’t afford them, a full 33% of Australians either delay or avoid dental treatments altogether because price is an issue.
Public dental patients have a higher likelihood of tooth decay than everyone else.
Almost 50% of children under 6 years old have tooth decay.
Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal children between the ages of four and fifteen are more likely to experience dental problems than other children.
Those who are the most likely to be deprived of adequate dental care are those whose families make less money, live in remote or rural areas, people in aged care facilities, indigenous people, those who are disabled, sole parents and young adults receiving payments for income support.
For those who have serious dental health problems, 90% experience discomfort or pain. 90% are embarrassed by the appearance of their teeth, leading to low self image, and even a reduction in social interactions and lessened prospects for employment. 32,000 patients with serious dental problems are admitted to hospitals with preventable infections every year.
In remote and rural areas, dental wait times can be as high as two years. For general treatment, the waiting list can be as long as four years. Adults of middle age or older who have health cards are twice as likely as the rest of us to have all of their teeth taken out. Those card-holders who have some teeth left are two times as likely to have trouble chewing due to insufficient number or location of teeth. Their teeth also average twice as much tooth decay that is untreated.
Take Advantage of Your Social Standing: See a Dentist in Joondalup
Every one of those statistics involving tooth decay and lost teeth are the result of people not being able to receive adequate dental care. If you are reading this, you probably have the resources to provide yourself with dental care on a regular basis. Don’t put yourself at risk by taking dental care for granted.
To start taking care of your teeth, call 1300 Great Smile today:(08) 9404 9500