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Children’s dental standards in Scotland see much-needed improvement

11th November 2016

New data has shown a much-needed improvement in children's dental health standards in Scotland.

Figures from the country's National Dental Inspection Programme have indicated that children's dental health in Scotland has improved by 24 percent since 2000, with 69 percent of five-year-olds having no obvious signs of tooth decay.

Despite this improvement, the British Dental Association (BDA) has noted that further progress is needed, as Scotland still lags behind several countries at a similar stage of social development.

Comparable figures show that 75 percent of five-year olds in England are free of decay, while for Norway the figure ranges from 73 to 86 percent.

The data also highlighted a significant gap in performance between the richest and poorest parts of Scotland, with only 55 percent of children from the most deprived areas being free from tooth decay, compared with 82 percent in the most affluent regions.

Robert Donald, chair of the BDA's Scottish Dental Practice Committee, said: "Despite this improvement, Scotland is still playing catch-up with our neighbour south of the border, so there is no scope for standing still."

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