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Abstract

Indices of cumulative caries experience (DMFT, DMFS, SR) were assessed for 682 Aboriginal children, aged 5 to 14 years, residents of the predominantly non-fluoridated Orana and Far West Health Region of New South Wales. The results show substantially decreased caries experience compared with 1978 findings. The reduction is attributed to a preventive programme based on fluoride therapy and to improved national emphasis on child health programmes. The declining trend of caries is also in accord with global trends apparent in most industrialized countries.