Aboriginal children in rural communities are three times more at risk of oral health problems like tooth decay. This is due to different factors like sugary drinks and poor diet.
A research conducted by Macquarie University is showing that tooth decay in Aboriginal children is decreasing thanks to the support of the community and the schools. It has also helped to employ locals in the area, bringing an overall benefit to the community and closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous Australians.
Tooth decay and poor oral health can increase the risk of chronic diseases, like heart diseases.