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Australia's poor need better access to dental treatment

Australia's poor need better access to dental treatment

Nearly three million Australians live below the poverty line[1]. Anti-poverty week begins on 15th October and it is an opportunity to increase our understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty. 

Although most oral disease and tooth loss is preventable, many people living in poverty cannot afford fresh, healthy food or access preventative or timely dental services. The costs of poor oral health – physical, mental, social and financial – can further entrench social disadvantage.

When people on low incomes were surveyed by the NSW Council of Social Service, they said health was their biggest concern, with access to timely, affordable dental care the issue that would make the most difference to them and their families.

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