Oral health has improved among adults in Australia, with dramatic declines in edentulism. For example, the percentage of persons aged 65 years or more who had no natural teeth declined from 66% in 1979 to 50% in 1987–88 to 40% in 1994. Use of dental services has increased among adults in Australia. For example, among persons aged 65 years or more, the percentage who visited in the previous 12 months increased from 21.5% in 1979 to 40.9% in 1993. However, Indigenous persons comprise a group within the Australian population who may be disadvantaged in terms of their health and access to services.