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Children’s teeth ‘have never been better’


Children's teeth 'have never been better'Emergency dentistry may become less frequent for Scottish children in the future, as a new report has revealed their dental health awareness has increased significantly.

A study by the National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) showed that 64 per cent of primary sevens – children aged between ten and 11 – have no signs of tooth decay.

The findings confirm the Scottish government has surpassed its 60 per cent target for 2010 and were announced by public health minister Shona Robison.

“Thanks to work to ensure that children know the importance of dental care … Scotland’s primary sevens are now better placed to have a lifetime of good oral health,” she said.

Ms Robison went on to explain how oral care in deprived communities in Scotland has increased thanks to attempts to improve people’s awareness of the dangers of smoking and drinking alcohol.

Set up in 2002, the NDIP is designed to use information and statistical data to inform children and adults about their dental health status, as well as organisations concerned with promoting good teeth care in children.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19825406-ADNFCR

Scots ‘still unable to find emergency dentists’


Many Scots are still finding it difficult to make a dentist’s appointment.

Thousands of Scots remain unable to make appointments with NHS dentists, it has been revealed. scots emergency dentist

Public health minister Shona Robison noted that as of last September, just 65.4 per cent of Scottish adults were registered with a dentist.

As a result, the minister announced £82 million is to be invested in bringing more NHS dentists to the country in the months ahead.

“We now have outreach training centres in place throughout Scotland, including Aberdeen, Inverness and Dumfries and Galloway and NHS boards now have the authority to appoint directly salaried dentists,” commented Ms Robison.

Elsewhere, Angela Slater, a mother of four from Merstham, Surrey, recently revealed she will have to wait more than four months to have her dentures fitted by an emergency dentist after her addiction to sugar led to her having 16 teeth removed.

Ms Slater claimed, however, that if her plight helps put kids off eating too many sugary foods then she is pleased to have had a positive influence.

New dentistry school for Aberdeen


Dentistry school opened in Aberdeen.

A new dentistry school has been set up by the Scottish government in Aberdeen. dentistry school

The £20 million University of Aberdeen Dental School and Hospital has been opened today (January 20th) by Scottish first minister Alex Salmond and public health minister Shona Robison.

Facilities at the school will help train hundreds of emergency and cosmetic dentists to help provide an improved dental service in the region over the coming years.

Scottish National Party MSP for Aberdeen North Brian Adam commented: “The Scottish government and NHS Grampian are investing in north-east dentistry to tackle the long waiting lists and poor oral hygiene in Aberdeen and Grampian which this government inherited.”

He added the number of people registered for NHS dentistry in the region has increased by more than 42,000 since 2007.

Elsewhere, Pendle Today recently reported dentistry services in Pendle could be about to have major boost after it emerged 10,000 new NHS places are to be made available over the coming 12 months.

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