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Respondents who had seen a health professional about their teeth were asked if they had consulted a dentist or dental professional about their teeth, gums or false teeth in the last 2 weeks. If so, how many times. If not, they were asked when was the last time they had consulted (if non-remote, or 'went to' if remote) a dentist or dental professional from the following responses:
Respondents who had seen a health professional about their teeth were then asked if they usually go to a dentist for treatment, a check-up or both. Respondents were then asked where did they last visit a dentist from the below responses:
Non-remote respondents were then asked whether the most recent visit to a dentist was for emergency treatment. If not, they were asked how long did they have to wait before receiving non-urgent treatment.
All respondents aged 2 years and over were asked how often they brush their teeth.
Respondents aged 15 years and over were asked whether they have lost any of their teeth, excluding wisdom teeth. If yes, they were asked how many teeth had they lost, followed by whether they wear dentures or false teeth that can be removed and if not, whether they need to get false teeth so that they can eat properly.
Respondents aged between 2 to 6 years who had seen a health professional about their teeth were asked whether they had any teeth filled by the dentist, followed by whether any of their teeth had been pulled out by the dentist.
All respondents were then asked whether they needed to go to a dentist in the previous 12 months but didn't. If yes, this was followed by a
question regarding the reason they didn't go, from the below responses:
More than one response was allowed.
Data items and related output categories for this topic will be available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Points to be considered when interpreting data for this topic include the following:
Comparability with 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Data for common items are considered directly comparable between the 2004-05 NATSIHS and 2012-13 NATSIHS. It should be noted that in 2012-13 there was an additional category of 'Trust in the dentist' added to the reasons a respondent didn't go to a dentist when they should have.
Comparability with 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)
Data for common items are considered directly comparable between the 2008 NATSISS and 2012-13 NATSIHS, however, these were only collected for children aged less than 15 years in the NATSISS.
Comparability with 2011-12 National Health Survey (NHS)
Data for common items are considered directly comparable between the 2011-12 NHS and 2012-13 NATSIHS. It should be noted, the NHS question asks about dentist consults in one multi response question along with other actions a respondent may have undertaken for their own health in the last 2 weeks. Although their concepts should be the same the slight difference in the collection method may cause some bias to result in the responses.