14 Feb 2012

Fluoridated Australia

The Australian Dental Association has called on the State Government to boost funding for public dental services to end the waiting game.

It said the most recent State Budget had only allocated a 1.3 per cent rise in funding for dental services, despite inflation running at 3.3 per cent.
A spokesman for Health Minister David Davis, Nathan Robinson, acknowledged waiting times were too long and said the Government had allocated $7.27 million over four years to meet areas of high need.

Meanwhile, concerns have been raised over a recent study showing that more than half of all six-year-olds were losing their baby teeth to decay.

Melbourne boy Jackson, 6, has had six teeth removed, five fillings, two root canals performed and two silver crowns fitted

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