Kōrero: Dental care

Untreated dental decay amongst adults, 2009

This graph highlights the relationship between gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status and levels of untreated dental decay (in the crowns of one or more teeth) for adults over the age of 18 years. Men have higher rates of untreated dental decay than women. Māori and Pacific peoples have significantly higher rates than adults of Asian or European/Other ethnicities. Untreated tooth decay is also more prevalent in neighbourhoods with the highest levels of socio-economic deprivation.

This data illustrates the impact of ethnicity and socio-economic inequalities on dental health. Differences in levels of decay among children of different ethnicities and economic circumstances are consolidated in adulthood. Gender differences in levels of dental decay suggest that factors other than socio-economic status (such as levels of tooth brushing) also affect rates of tooth decay.

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Source: Ministry of Health, 2009 New Zealand Oral Health Survey

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Andrew Schmidt and Susan Moffat, 'Dental care - Consolidation and challenges: 1950s to 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/graph/47128/untreated-dental-decay-amongst-adults-2009 (accessed 15 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Andrew Schmidt and Susan Moffat, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 6 Nov 2018