Indigenous child oral health at a regional and state level

Lisa M. Jamieson, Eleanor J. Parker, Jason Armfield

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Aim: To compare the dental disease experience of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in South Australia's mid-north region (regional area) and to assess Indigenous oral health differences at a regional- and state-level. Methods: Data were collected from a School Dental Service based in an Aboriginal-owned medical health service and standard school dental clinics in the regional area from March 2001 to March 2006. State-level data were obtained over a 12-month period in 2003. Caries prevalence (per cent dmft or DMFT >0) and severity (mean dmft or DMFT, SiC and SiC10) measures were used to assess dental disease experience. Results: In the regional area, Indigenous children aged <10 years had 1.6, 1.9, 1.6 and 1.4 times the percent dmft >0, mean dmft, SiC primary and SiC10 primary, respectively, of their non-Indigenous counterparts, while Indigenous children aged 6+ years had 1.3, 1.7, 1.7 and 1.6 times the percent DMFT > 0, mean DMFT, SiC permanent and SiC10 permanent, respectively, of non-Indigenous children. Indigenous children in the regional area had significantly higher caries prevalence and severity than Indigenous children at a state-level. Conclusion: Indigenous children in South Australia's mid-north region are dentally disadvantaged in comparison with their non-Indigenous counterparts and with the general South Australian Indigenous child population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Caries prevalence
  • Caries severity
  • Children
  • Indigenous
  • Location

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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