P7 dental health improving: Report
Tuesday 29th October 2013, 12:31PM GMT.
Almost three-quarters of primary seven children have no obvious decay in their teeth, an improvement on previous years, according to new figures.
The number of children with no such problem rose to 72.8% in 2013, compared to 69.4% in 2011 and up from 52.9% in 2005.
The ISD Scotland statistics showed that, for the first time, primary seven children in all areas of deprivation have reached the target of 60% having no obvious decay in their teeth.
The figures also show that the average number of primary seven children’s teeth affected by obvious decay has dropped from 1.29 in 2005 to 0.6 in 2013.
Public health minister Michael Matheson said: “I am delighted that the dental health of Scotland’s children continues to improve.
“I would like to thank all parents, nursery and primary school staff, health visitors and dental staff who have all worked together to bring about this tremendous achievement.
“This group of children will have been part of the Childsmile nursery and school toothbrushing programme, and some will have had fluoride varnish applied in primary school.
“It is great to see the tremendous work of the Childsmile Programme showing benefits in our children’s oral health.
“The largest improvement in oral health is in children living in our most deprived communities, showing that oral health inequalities are beginning to reduce.”