Readers Ludo Thierry and Legerwood talking up Scotland’s teeth

Just like my hair, a natural colour!

From Ludo:

How’s this for a beeb Scotland (GMS) style link? – From EU families and children feeling safer in Scotland to evidence that children in Scotland’s teeth are becoming safer from caries and extractions. (Nifty segue or what? Ed: ‘Smoooooth.’). From site today – Link and snippets below (including some useful brushing advice):

Improvements in child dental health

There has been a significant long-term decrease in the number of childhood fillings and tooth extractions.

Since 2000-01, the number of fillings given to children has reduced by 62% from 774,762 to 298,192 in 2018-19.

Over the same period, the number of tooth extractions has fallen from 133,000 to 86,000 – a decrease of 35%.

Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said: “This reflects the substantial impact the Scottish Government’s Childsmile Programme has made in improving the oral health of children….Our Oral Health Improvement Plan, with its strong focus on prevention and reducing oral health inequalities, will help to ensure further reductions in the need for restorative treatment.”

Background: Childsmile is delivered by a range of health professionals. There are a number of partners in education, voluntary and community sectors who work collaboratively with Childsmile to promote and improve children’s oral health. (Children should brush their teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. ‘Spitting, not rinsing’ after brushing gives the toothpaste time to protect teeth).

Pretty impressive figures in anybody’s book – what odds will anyone offer me that it’ll appear as a news item on the beeb?

From Legerwood:

A few months ago ISD Scotland published some dental statistics which showed that 97% of the population were registered with an NHS dentist in Scotland and 95% of people had visited the dentist.

To complete the stats you have given, which are also available today on ISD Scotland, here is the stats fro over 18 and adults and the fees for treatments.
For adults aged 18 and over:

In 2018/19, the number of courses of treatment claimed was just under 4.3 million, an increase of just over 90,000 (2%) from 2017/18 and the highest figure reported. This may be due to increasing numbers of patients participating in the GDS.

Around a third (31.8%) of the treatments claimed for adults were for examinations.

Dental Fees

In 2018/19, £303 million in GDS fees was authorised in Scotland, an increase of £10.3 million (3.5%) from 2017/18.

When adjusted for inflation, GDS fees increase each year from 2004/05 until 2011/12; they then stabilise up until 2017/18; before increasing again in 2018/19.

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