Most chronic disease in the country

Dr Belal Aly, with a patient at Berala Dental, is calling for more government support.

Story appeared in: Review | March 19th, 2018

A BERALA dentist is shocked but not surprised that over 90 per cent of adults have experienced tooth decay.
Latest findings show that Australia has failed its oral health check-up, with tooth decay now being the most chronic disease in the country.
Berala Dental's Dr Belal Aly said: "These results are alarming, yet consistent with what I see everyday in my private dental practice.
"It is unacceptable that the most chronic disease in Australia is one that can be easily avoided. Children as young as one are been admitted into hospital and in some cases provided with treatment under a general anaesthesia."
To coincide with World Oral Health Day, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) released the world first – a national oral health report card.
The report reveals that three out of four children and young people are consuming too much sugar and only half of adults brush their teeth the recommended twice a day.
"The evidence also shows that one-third of Australia's five to six year-olds have had decay in their baby teeth," ADA Federal President Dr Hugo Sachs said.
Too much sugar, regular drinking and smoking not only impacts on oral health, but is also linked to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

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