World Oral Health Day 2020: Oral Health Tracker Updated

Posted on 18th March 2020

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is held annually on March 20 and is an initiative of the FDI World Dental Federation. This year is the third and final year of FDI’s Say Ahh Campaign, in which we’re asking the public to #uniteformouthhealth by pledging how they will prioritise and care for their oral health. 

About the Oral Health Tracker 

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) in conjunction with the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) originally created Australia’s Oral Health Tracker report card in 2018. This report card was the first of its kind globally, forming part of Australia’s Health Tracker series. The Oral Health Tracker reports on adult and child oral health risk factors and sets targets for these factors to reach by the year 2025. 

Australia’s Oral Health Tracker was a world first that placed Australia as the first country to have established clear and measurable oral health targets. The targets and indicators for oral health included in the Tracker were developed in-line with the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013-2020. 

Australia’s updated Adult Oral Health Tracker 

The inaugural Tracker report card was released on WOHD 2018, and now for WOHD 2020, the Oral Health Tracker adult progress report card is set to be released. This updated report details the current state of Australian adult oral health, how these figures compare to the past and whether they are on track to reach the proposed population health targets set for 2025. 

Key messages 

  • Oral health is fundamental to good overall health and quality of life. 
  • Australian adults are retaining their teeth for longer but there is also increased prevalence of oral diseases.  Approximately 1 in 3 Australians have untreated tooth decay while 1 in 4 have severe gum disease. 
  • Governments must be held accountable in helping improve the oral health of all Australians. 


We are asking your organisation to #uniteformouthhealth and pledge to continue advocating for the oral health of all Australians. On Friday, March 20, you can assist in doing this by sharing the updated 2020 Australian Adult Oral Health Tracker: ADA_Oral_Health_Tracker_2020_Adult_11032020_FINAL

For World Oral Health Day resources, you’ll find everything you need here.

Below, you will find infographics demonstrating the trends in adult oral health for six risk factors, as well as a fact sheet explaining the link between tooth decay and sugar consumption.






The ADA’s new educational videosExplaining Tooth Decay and Explaining Gum Disease – also released for WOHD 2020 can be found here. 

Australia’s updated Oral Health Tracker will be available on the ADA website from World Oral Health Day on March 20, 2020. Visit


TODAY on World Oral Health Day, Australia’s #OralHealthTracker progress report highlights the negative trends in oral diseases amongst Australian adults. 

Australia’s updated #OralHealthTracker reports on the current state of adult oral health, comparing it to where we have been and if we are on track for future improvements. #WOHD2020 #SayAhh #AusHealthTracker #uniteformouthhealth 


Help to reduce the impact of oral diseases by addressing major underlying factors like poor oral health and excessive sugar consumption. 

Australia’s #OralHealthTracker progress report provides an update on the health of the nation’s teeth and gums and what we need to do to get them healthier. #WOHD2020 #SayAhh #AusHealthTracker #uniteformouthhealth 


Australian adults are keeping their teeth for longer. But for how long with 32.1% of Australian adults living with untreated tooth decay. 

Can this and other alarming statistics from Australia’s #OralHealthTracker be improved? We think so and Australia’s updated #OralHealthTracker, launched for #WOHD2020, is key to making that happen. #SayAhh #AusHealthTracker #uniteformouthhealth