The Child Dental Health Study

This survey reports annually on the state of oral health in Australia’s school-age children using data provided by State and Territory School Dental Services.

The Child Dental Health Survey (CDHS) provides descriptive yearly epidemiological and service provision data concerning children’s dental health in Australia. Data for the report is derived from examinations of children enrolled in the School Dental Services in each State and Territory of Australia.

The tables and figures contained in the report describe the demographic composition of the sample, deciduous and permanent caries experience, extent of immediate treatment needs, prevalence of fissure sealants and other relevant information.
State/Territory comparisons, national trends and international comparisons are also provided. Each year a different theme is explored. In 1998, attention was given to geographic differences in children’s caries experience.

Conducted under agreement with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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