The latest results from the National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) are good news for children across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The results show that the dental health of children continues to make significant improvements and is now on a par with the average for Scotland.
Children in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde have traditionally lagged behind the rest of the country for signs of decay and children requiring urgent dental treatment but ongoing work over the last few years by the oral health teams are showing positive results.
Frances McLinden, General Manager, Oral Health Directorate, said: “These latest results show that the dental health of children across Greater Glasgow and Clyde continues to improve.
“The proportion of Primary 1 children with no obvious signs of decay has risen from 65.3% in 2014 to 68.2% which is on a par with the average for Scotland.
“It is also good news for basic inspection results which highlighted improvements in both Primary 1 and Primary 7 children with the proportion of children who required urgent dental treatment both in Primary 1 and 7 showing an improvement since 2014.
“The Oral Health Directorate Health Improvement Teams, in partnership with our colleagues in general practice, will continue to work to improve, not only the oral health of children, but our whole population across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.”
The NDIP gathers appropriate information to inform parents and carers of the dental and oral health status of their children.
Notes to Editors
The proportion of children with no obvious sign of decay and did not need to seek treatment from a dentist was also higher, with 66.0% of Primary 1 and 67.2% of Primary 7 children, up from 61.1% for Primary 1 and 44.5 % for Primary 7 children in 2014.
To read the full report visit http://ndip.scottishdental.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016-10-25-NDIP-Report.pdf
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