Figures show positive dental improvements in youngsters

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The dental heath of Galloway schoolchildren has improved this year, an NHS report released last Tuesday has confirmed.

The 2014 National Dental Inspection (NDIP) report details the oral health of children in primary one (P1) in Scotland.

The programme is carried out on annual basis by NHS Boards across Scotland.

The Dumfries and Galloway figures for the school year 2013/14 show that 66.2% of P1 children have no obvious tooth decay experience.

This figure represents an improvement of 4.1% on the figure from 2012 and continues the steady improvements seen in the region since 1996 when the figure was 33%.

Consultant in Dental Public Health, Valerie White, said while the figures were positive, plenty of improvement work is still needed.

She said: “It is great news that dental health continues to improve among children in Dumfries and Galloway.

“However, there is still work to do to and we will continue to focus on improving oral health - in particular for those children at greatest risk of this preventable disease.

“In recent years we have invested considerably in the Childsmile Programme and expect to see continued improvements in oral health and reductions in oral health inequalities in future years.”

The National Dental Inspection (NDIP) results will be used by the board to monitor trends in oral health and will assist with planning of future dental services.

For further information on the Childsmile Programme in Dumfries and Galloway please visit http://www.child-smile.org.uk or contact Julie Hunter, Oral Health Programme Manager on julie.hunter3@nhs.net or 01387 244036.