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.