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Inadequate Dentition (tooth loss)

Inadequate Dentition (tooth loss)

  Inadequate dentition (tooth loss) is defined as fewer than 21 teeth. Inadequate dentition means that a person is unlikely to have enough teeth that have a partner on the opposite jaw to be able to chew properly. Having fewer teeth is related to poor diet, lower...
Toothache

Toothache

  Toothache relates to pain in and around the teeth and jaws. Untreated dental decay is a major cause of toothache, but can also be caused by cracked teeth, broken/lost fillings receding gums or abscess. Good Oral hygiene and regular dental visits are key to...
Gum Disease – Periodontitis

Gum Disease – Periodontitis

  Gum (periodontal) disease affects most people during their lifetime. Periodontal disease effects the gums (gingival tissues), deeper connective tissues and the jaw bones, which support and protect the teeth. There are two main stages of gum disease: Gingivitis...
Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer

  Oral cancer encompasses a range of cancers that affect any part of the oral cavity. This includes: lips, tongue, salivary glands and mouth. Oral cancers are the seventh most diagnosed type of cancer in Australia in 2013 and estimated to have stayed the same in...
Dental Caries

Dental Caries

  Dental caries/decay is one of the most common health problems in Australia and the most prevalent chronic disease globally. Plaque constantly forms on teeth. When consuming foods and drinks containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that dissolve...
Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes

Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes

  While being overweight, obese and suffering from diabetes are leading public health issues in Australia, these chronic diseases have adverse impacts on oral health. Oral health conditions among adults and children such as; dental caries, periodontal disease and...