The standards of dentistry in Australia are very high indeed. The Australian Dental Council and Dental Board of Australia oversee dentistry, and in order to practise you need to be licensed and registered by the Dental Board of Australia. The Doctor of Dental Surgery is Australia’s only masters-level qualification for training general dental practitioners, and it establishes a new criterion for 21st century education.
However, dental schools are extremely expensive, and so is setting up a dental practice
The demand for dental services is rising as the population ages and as international research increasingly links oral health to overall health. Nevertheless there is a serious regional and rural shortage of dentists throughout Australia, and public dental services focus mainly on emergency care.
Good oral health is integral to good general health, and dentistry is recognised as a primary healthcare profession
Australia has three of the world’s top universities for dentistry, the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide and University of Sydney. Other Australian universities high in the dental school rankings are James Cook, Queensland, Charles Sturt, La Trobe and Western Australia. All these undergraduate dental degree courses are for four to five years. Just as with medical doctors, there are general dentists — and then there are dental specialists, such as oral surgeons, endodontists, orthodontists, periodontists and pediatric dentists as well as hygenists and therapists.
Dental disease is completely preventable
When fluoride was added to tap water in the 1960s and ’70s, tooth decay plummeted, and it is now assumed that bottled water and filtered tap water may be bad for our teeth. It is shocking to realise that the most common health condition in Australia is tooth decay due to the high prices of dental care. The trouble is, Medicare does not cover most dental care, procedures or supplies, and on the whole this is a false economy although there may be state programmes that provide for free or reduced cost dental care.
Eumundi Dental is a nationally registered smile.com.au approved dentist and it is affordable
If you live on the Sunshine Coast, then you have Eumundi Dental down the road. They know all about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) and also offer interest free payment plans through Denticare. Only regular visits to the dentist will ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, so make an appointment with Eumundi Dental today.