National Oral Health Survey


3.-National-Oral-Health-SurveyThe University of Adelaide has been named facilitator for the upcoming National Oral Health Survey. The survey, run by the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health [ARCPOH], will assess the “dental hygiene habits, oral health and overall wellbeing of Australians”.

Under the draft National Oral Health Plan 2015-2024, the National Oral Health Survey is to be completed every ten years. This survey is due to begin in 2016 and comes exactly ten years after the last one. “The National Oral Health Plan 2015-2024 is a welcome initiative and will facilitate vital improvements to the oral health of Australians,” said ARCPOH director Professor Marco Peres.

“The national survey will essentially be a cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of people aged over 15 years across each State and Territory,” said Professor Peres. “The survey will comprise of two main components: telephone interviews and dental examinations.

“For the telephone interview component, approximately 15,000 people will be interviewed in order to gather information on socioeconomic status, dental and health service use, oral health behaviours, and other determinants of oral health. And eligible interviewees (those with natural teeth) will also be asked to participant in a dental examination.”

Professor Peres and his team are excited to begin this endeavour. “ARCPOH is proud to be appointed the provider of the 2016-2018 National Survey of Adult Oral Health. Our team has the experience and resources to conduct a thorough survey of Australians.”

The effects of the survey will be felt beyond the dental world. As Professor Peres explains: “Gum disease can lead to cardiovascular disease and is linked to diabetes. And infections in the mouth can spread throughout the body.

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