On the week where the first Scottish Adult Oral Health Survey is revealed, a leading dental expert is calling for more focus on the dental needs of middle-aged people.
Dr Michael McGrady, NHSGGC’s Consultant in Dental Public Health said: “Each year in Scotland, we look closely at data for young children in the National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) to provide information on child oral health. We also have the Childsmile programme which has an emphasis on education and prevention.
“With much older people, so in care homes etc, we collect data with the ‘Caring for Smiles’ programme we are able to gather some data.
“But in the middle, we’ve known until now very little detailed information about the dental health of people aged 45-75. There is no equivalent NDIP programme for adults. In fact, this survey is the first to use data directly from dentist through ISD. We hope it will provide valuable information and help to inform how we plan dental services for the future.”
Today sees the publication of the Scottish Adult Oral Health Survey. The survey makes use of the routine data collected within NHS dental services in Scotland and helps to provide a picture of adult oral health.
Dr McGrady added: “Dental practices across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde made an important contribution to the data collection for the survey. The information from the survey will help to inform the Oral Health Improvement Plan for Scotland, which is setting out the future of NHS dentistry in Scotland. This will see a greater focus on the prevention of dental disease, with improved prevention for adults a key goal.
“I suppose the very simple message we can take from this as adults is don’t forget about your dental health. Eat well, brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and make sure you get regular check-ups. Things have definitely improved on twenty years ago so we are going in the right direction and it’s a good start for us to build on.”
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