University of Adelaide researchers are calling for a greater sensitivity towards Aboriginal women in dental clinics and improved accessibility to dental care.
This follows research that finds pregnant Aboriginal women are a vulnerable population who suffer from multiple dental health and social problems.
- they were six times more likely to need a tooth extraction than those in the general population;
- they were twice as likely to need fillings;
- more likely to visit the dentist because of dental pain;
- nearly two-thirds avoided dental care because of cost; and
- four our of every five women would have difficulty paying a $100 dental bill.