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Accessing oral health care in Australia

Roderick I Marshall and A John Spencer
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (2): 59-60.
Published online: 17 July 2006

Why try a doctor when you need a dentist?

Oral conditions have some of the highest prevalence and incidence rates of all health problems in Australia.1 They are frequently associated with pain, functional limitations and interference with usual activities. Most people experiencing oral symptoms will visit, or at least contemplate visiting, a dentist. But why are some patients with oral conditions presenting to general practitioners?

  • Roderick I Marshall1
  • A John Spencer2

  • 1 Dental School, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.


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