Rural oral health in the spotlight during Dental Health Week

05 August 2021

Around three in 10 Australian adults have untreated tooth decay.

That's the unfortunate state of oral health in Australia according to CQUniversity's Associate Professor in Oral Health Carol Tran who was shedding light on the issue during Dental Health Week.

She said while these Australia-wide statistics were concerning' dental problems were more prevalent in rural and remote regions.

"The decay experience increases according to geographic location' with untreated decay rates increasing with remoteness'" she explained.

"Residents of rural and remote areas of Australia continue to experience poorer oral health than other population groups and it is a major contributing factor to inferior overall health outcomes.

"It's a fact that they are more likely to present in acute pain in dental clinics than residents of major cities."

CQUniversity's oral health course and clinic hopes to address these rural and remote needs by training highly qualified professionals who are keen to make a difference in the regions and rural areas.

Associate Professor Tran said CQUniversity's Bachelor in Oral Health is a three-year health science course which allows graduates to be registered health practitioners.

"Our graduates are highly employable and start on excellent salaries."

To find out more about the Bachelor of Oral Health visit