As per the latest report, approximately forty percent of Australians find dental check-ups as not-so-needed and hence, there is a steep decline in regular dental check-ups.
This report was generated by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Another thing stated is that apart from the above-stated population, approximately thirty percent Aussies claim to either not able to afford dentists or that they face trouble while accessing one.
As a consequence, Australian population is likely to have almost 3 times more gum diseases or untreated tooth decay.
The author of report, John Spencer states that only when they have some serious dental problem, this 30 percent reach dentists. There are many reasons for this negligence.
Financial reasons might be one and another can be dental anxiety. They might think that they cannot afford the very best of dentists around. This information, however, does not shock large number of dentists.
For example, Australian Dental Association’s president Dr. Shane Frair states that these figures are not surprising. However, he specifically points out that those who have such problems in accessing dentists come from rural areas, disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities.
Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance’s chairman, Tony McBride, adds to this saying children are quite conscious because of various dental programs of schools.
However, Australian Dental Association insists that the government should rather give public dentistry funds to such proportion of population who are unable to access visits to dentists and avail such services. This proposition has been made for May budget.
According to McBride, such findings as in this report can be worked upon better with some sound long-term solution, for example Medicare. He also states that those who claim that they are unable to afford such dentist care should understand that it does not ask for lots of money or any specific level of income. He further adds that there is universal scheme for health problems.
What matters is that the dental issues should be caught and dealt with at the right time at local level itself and that there should be such a universal scheme for dentistry too. Mouth is a part of our body as a whole and that is why, it should also be given similar treatment as rest of our body.