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5.0 - % Otara Children 5 Yrs Cavities Free (Nil Tooth Decay)


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Story Behind the Curve
  • Cavities free statistics

The Annual Update of Key Results 2015/16: Auckland Regional Dental Service New Zealand reports:


DMF Caries Free Rate 2015 2016 2017 2018 (to Sept 2018
Māori 37.4% 35.2% 30.4% 29.9
Pacific 31.0% 27.0% 25.9 32.2
Other 63.2% 61.6% 49.2 58.9
Total 40.6% 39.5% 33.4 38.9

The data values reported form the baseline for this indicator and are sourced from Bede Oulaghan - CMH Data Analyst . The data's primary source is the Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) who provide the information to Bede at a 'clinic suburb' level rather than domicile. And so to determine where a child belongs a filter is applied to the data where a clinic suburb = 'Otara' and 'Flatbush'. Filtering in this way means that the data may not be a perfect match if compared with the domicile codes used for other Thriving Otara indicators. The data is reported annually about April each year.

The qualitative story behind the baseline is sourced from Group Think through the following hui:

  • Thriving Otara Hui#1, 29 September 2016 (5 Hrs)
  • Thriving Otara Hui#2, 04 November 2016 (2 Hrs)
  • Thriving Otara Hui#3, 09 December 2016 (2 Hrs)
  • Thriving Otara Hui#4, 26 January 2017 (2 Hrs)
  • Thriving Otara Hui#5, 23 February 2017 (2 Hrs)
  • Thriving Otara Hui#6, 23 March 2017 (2 Hrs)


Dental caries, also known as tooth decay, cavities, or caries, is a breakdown of teeth due to activities of bacteria. Simple sugars in food are these bacteria's primary energy source and thus a diet high in simple sugar is a risk factor. Caries is also associated with poverty.

What's helping to reduce the number of children presenting with tooth decay

  • community based health system and delivery
  • marketing using our HERO champions to access unhealthy options
  • some schools promoting healthier food/drink options e,g, Yendarra Primary
  • dental vans in early childhood centres
  • consistent programmes in place e.g. Mighty Mouth
  • strong leadership and advocacy
  • better data available

What's not helping to reduce the number of children presenting with tooth decay

  • poorly designed health system
  • poor access to good nutrition
  • too many alternative drinks that are sugar based
  • cheap affordable convenient lunch packs on sale that are not nutritious
  • cost of living
  • transition to school - no continuity of oral health programmes
  • lack of understanding that care of FIRST teeth is as important as adult teeth - doing so is good for establishing good oral hygiene habits
Contact Name and RoleContribution This Organisation or Person Offers
Dept of Internal Affairs
Lauola Schuster - Community AdvisorCan assist with relationship building and funding
Otara HealthWaimarie MartinProvides the following programmes, AWHI, Kaitohutohu, Neighbour support, safety and injury prevention
Maori WardensPuti - Maori Warden Knows about respite support, kohanga reo, kura kaupapa, marae activties and movements
ECE, and KindySettings for children, modelling and support for families
Ko Awatea - CMHJilly Tyler, Tracey Popham - Health Equity Programme lead/managerImprovement thinking methodologies, willingness to collaborate around health gains
Plunket and Well Child ProvidersInvolved in identifying, assessingchildren, know and can provide information about referrals to other support services
High SchoolsSupporting kids to train in oral health
GPs & Primary careInvolved in identifying, assessing children, know and can provide information about referrals to other support services, and treatment
SchoolsSettings for children, modelling and support for families
Oral Health DHBProgramme providers, dental provider services
Government Agencies - MSD, WINZ, HNZC, Mental Health, Police, Youth Justice, Truancy for YouthMoH data, advice, Helath Pormotion Agency - Health literacy
Community Groups - Youth networks locally, parenting groups, MOH, HPA
Universities Otago, AUT
Healthy Auckland Together (HAT)Robbie Beaglhole, Boyd SwinburnARPHS
What I Can Do Differently to Improve Our Chances for Success
Changes We've Made To This Scorecard
DateHui#Changes MadeBy Who
09/12/20163Changed indicator title -
From: % Otara Children 5 Yrs Caries Free (Nil Tooth Decay)
To: % Otara Children 5 Yrs Cavities Free (Nil Tooth Decay)
Hui#3 Group
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