This report presents key data, information and trends over time, via a suite of interactive data visualisations, describing the oral health status of Australians and their use of dental care services. It is added to and updated as data becomes available. In 2020–21, around 1 in 2 (48%) Australians aged 15 years and over saw a dental professional in the last 12 months. Around 1 in 8 (12%) delayed seeing or did not see a dental professional at least once in the last 12 months due to COVID-19. In 2020–21, 46.1 million dental services were subsidised by private health insurance providers. The median charge, benefit and gap for a preventative service involving the removal of plaque and/or stain was $60, $40 and $18, respectively.  

This report was last updated on 17 March 2022. Refer to Notes for further explanation.

  • Cat. no: DEN 231
Findings from this report:
  • Over 1 million dental prescriptions were dispensed in Australia each year (2013–2020)

  • In 2019–20, 5–9 year old's had the highest rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations due to dental conditions

  • In 2019–20, about 67,000 hospitalisations for dental conditions may have been prevented with earlier treatment

  • About 7 in 10 children aged 5–14 brush their teeth with toothpaste at least twice a day