Australia's oral health set to benefit with new research centre

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The new $31.6 million Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will help address the nation's dental health issues.

Oral diseases and disorders cost Australians $6.7 billion per annum, with one in three adults having untreated dental decay, and one in four with moderate or severe cases of gum disease.

The Oral Health CRC, opened by Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, Kim Carr, will include major research projects including the development of a vaccine for the gum disease periodontitis, and incorporating Recaldent™ technology into products to help prevent tooth decay.

CEO of the Oral Health CRC Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO said Australians needed to take oral health more seriously.

"The centre allows us to shine the spotlight on oral health. Research here will focus on prevention and early diagnosis of oral diseases and improved management plans for those already affected," he said.

"The funding and support provided to the CRC by government, means we can focus on innovative approaches to preventing and treating oral diseases."

The Oral Health CRC combines Australia's foremost oral health researchers with manufacturers and global marketing to make Australia a global leader in oral health.