Dental Statistics (Australia & Worldwide)

On this page we keep a record of interesting oral health statistics that we come across when researching various topics.

These are mainly dental statistics about Australia, but we have also included some that apply globally.

We only reference reliable sources, and credit them after each statistic.

Sometimes the original source may be deleted from the internet, in which case we keep a record here but include a caveat that the original page was deleted.

If you’ve come across any oral health and dental research that you think would be interesting to us, please get in touch here.

Teeth Brushing Statistics

  • 53% of Australian adults (aged 18+) brush teeth twice a day (Australias Oral Health Tracker, 2020)
  • 4 in 10 people (42%) do not change their toothbrush /brush head every 3 months (Electric Teeth, 2018†)
  • A quarter of people (26%) change their toothbrush / brush head every 6 months (Electric Teeth, 2018†)
  • More than half of people asked (57%) experience tooth sensitivity (Electric Teeth, 2017†)

Tooth Decay Statistics

Children

  • Around 1 in 20 children aged 5–10 years have at least one deciduous tooth missing due to dental caries (Australian Institue of Health and Welfare, 2020)
  • Around 1 in 100 children aged 6–14 years have as least one permanent tooth missing due to dental caries (Australian Institue of Health and Welfare, 2020)
  • Globally 44% of children drink soft drinks every day (Global Nutrition Report, 2018)
  • 486 million children globally suffer from tooth decay of primary teeth (World Dental Federation, 2019)
  • 48.7% of children aged 5-6 have experienced dental caries and 41.3% had untreated decay (Australian Dental Health Survey 2003-04)

Adults

  • 32.1% of Australian adults (ages 15+ have untreated tooth decay, an increase of 6.6% from 2004/06 (Australias Oral Health Tracker, 2020)
  • 10.7% of adults (ages 15+) have never experienced decay in their permanent teeth (Australias Oral Health Tracker, 2020)
  • On average 4.5 teeth are missing due to dental decay and periodontal disease in adults (aged 15+) (Australian Institue of Health and Welfare, 2020)
  • 38.9% of low income households have untreated decay compared to 17.3% of high income households (Department of Health, 2012)

Electric Toothbrush Statistics

  • The electric toothbrush market worldwide will be worth US $3.2 billion by 2025, a growth of US $1.8 billion from 2019. (Global Industry Analysts, 2019)
  • The global annual revenue estimated to be generated by electric toothbrush sales is $3.5billion (Future Market Insights, March 2019)
  • Just under half (49%) of people surveyed own an electric toothbrush (Electric Teeth, 2017†)
  • Only one third of people (36%) regard price as the most important factor when choosing an electric toothbrush (Electric Teeth, 2017†)Just over one in ten people (11%) say their ideal price range is less than £25 (Electric Teeth, 2017†)
  • 18% of people are willing to pay more than £100 for an electric toothbrush (Electric Teeth, 2017†)
  • Almost two thirds of people (64%) would like to be able to connect their toothbrush to their phone (Electric Teeth, 2017†)

Dental Visit Statistics

  • 48.8% of adults (aged 18+) have had a dental checkup in the last 12 months (Australias Oral Health Tracker, 2020)
  • 17.6% of those who needed to see a dental professional, delayed or did not see one due to cost (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2019)
  • 24.3% of patients living in areas of most socio-economic disadvantage were more than twice as likely to delay seeing or not seeing a dental professional as a result of cost. (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2019)
  • 13% of parents with children aged 18 or undertook their child to the dentist before their first birthday, the recommended age for a first dental visit with 20% never having taken them (World Dental Federation, 2018)

Teeth Whitening Statistics

  • Globally, the teeth whitening market is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate of over 4% (Arizton, 2019)
  • By 2027, the global teeth whitening market is projected to be worth $8,4048.70 Mn (US) compared to $5,857.61 in 2018. (The Insight Partners, 2019)
  • The global teeth whitening products market was valued at USD 5.56 billion in 2016, with an estimated value of USD 7.40 billion by 2024 (Hexa Research, 2017)
  • Whitening toothpastes accounted for 86.3% market revenue share in 2016 (Hexa Research, 2017)
  • The whitening strips segment was valued at USD 899.8 million in 2016 (Hexa Research, 2017)

General Dental & Oral Health Statistics

  • 28.8% of Australian adults (aged 15+) have periodontal pockets >4mm, a 9% increase from 2004/06 (Australias Oral Health Tracker, 2020)
  • The proportion of adults with moderate or severe periodontitis increased with age, ranging from 7.4% in 15–34 year olds, 25% in 35–54 year olds, 44% in 55–74 year olds and 61% in those aged 75 years and over (Australian Institue of Health and Welfare, 2020)
  • 10.2% of Australian adults have less than 21 teeth. Considered severe tooth loss (Australias Oral Health Tracker, 2020)
  • 20.2% of the adult population have reported toothache in the past 12 months (Australias Oral Health Tracker, 2020)
  • 4 in 10 (43%) of children aged 5–14 years had a moderate accumulation of plaque (Australian Institue of Health and Welfare, 2020)
  • Around 1 in 5 (22%) children aged 5–14 years had gingivitis (Australian Institue of Health and Welfare, 2020)
  • Around 1 in 5 (20%) adults aged 15 years and over had gingivitis (Australian Institue of Health and Welfare, 2020)
  • On average, 1 in 15 (6.4%) adults aged 15 years and over had complete tooth loss (Australian Institue of Health and Welfare, 2020)
  • Adults eligible for public dental care (17%) were around six times as likely to suffer complete tooth loss than those ineligible for public dental care (2.7%) (Australian Institue of Health and Welfare, 2020)
  • Globally, by 2025 the value of the oral health products market is anticipated to be worth US $33.7 billion. (PR Newswire, 2019)
  • 3.58 billion people (equivalent to half of the world’s population) suffer from oral diseases (World Dental Federation, 2019)
  • Gum disease affects up to 50% of the adult population worldwide (World Dental Federation, 2018)

Sugar Statistics

  • Young people are 33% more likely to eat sugary foods and significantly more likely (39%) to have decaying teeth, if there watch over and 90 minutes of TV per day. (Department of Pediatric Dentistry Clinic, Aplicacao School of Federal University of Para – UFPA, Belem, Para, Brazil, 2019)
  • 53% of children watching television for more than 90 minutes a day have some form of tooth decay. Youngsters who eat sugary foods while watching TV are also more than twice as likely to have decaying teeth than those who choose to avoid them. (Department of Pediatric Dentistry Clinic, Aplicacao School of Federal University of Para – UFPA, Belem, Para, Brazil, 2019)
  • 47.8% of adults in Australia (aged 19+) are consuming too much sugar (Australias Oral Health Tracker, 2020)

† This is data that we have gathered ourselves by anonymously surveying a minimum of 1000 site visitors.

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