Dentists practising in Victoria can now get the low-down on the oral health of their local government area (LGA).
Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) earlier this month released the 2016 oral health profiles for Victoria’s 79 municipal districts.
The statistical profile of each LGA includes indicators relating to:
- Tooth decay experience for children and adults attending public dental services
- Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations (PPH) due to dental conditions for 0 to four-year-old children
- Self-rated dental health
- Last visit to a dental professional
- Modifiable health risk behaviours that may impact oral health
“The profiles are designed to provide councils with population oral health data to undertake comprehensive public health and wellbeing planning,” said DHSV acting CEO Mark Sullivan.
DHSV in partnership with the Victorian Department of Health and Human has developed oral health profiles for local government to become more involved in promoting oral health in the community.
The profiles also include information on smoking rates, sugar consumption, alcohol use and fruit and vegetable consumption for each LGA.
The updated data can be accessed here.