Posts Tagged ‘Scotland’

Borders lagging behind as record dental registration figures revealed

Borders lagging behind as record dental registration figures revealed

The Scottish Borders are lagging behind other parts of the country in terms of dental registrations, new figures have revealed. The latest statistics show that there have been major improvements in registration rates across the country in the last decade, but rates are still lower in some parts than others. Despite widespread increases in registrations, […]


Scottish Government launches new oral health strategy

Scottish Government launches new oral health strategy

The Scottish Government has unveiled plans for a brand new oral health strategy, which proposes to build on the success of programmes aimed to benefit both children and adults. The Oral Health Improvement Plan comprises of a series of measures introduced to reduce the gap between affluent and deprived areas and prevent more people from […]


Dental registration rates rise by almost 50% in a decade in Scotland

Dental registration rates rise by almost 50% in a decade in Scotland

Rates of dental registration in Scotland have almost doubled in the last ten years, it has been confirmed. The latest figures show that in 2017, 92.5% of the population was registered with a dentist. This is a significant increase compared to figures of 51.1% in 2007. The statistics are particularly reassuring for adults, as registration […]


Highlands MSP calls for urgent meeting to discuss dental provision in the Western Isles

Highlands MSP calls for urgent meeting to discuss dental provision in the Western Isles

The MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Rhoda Grant, has called for an urgent meeting with the health secretary to discuss dental provision on the islands of South Uist, North Uist and Benbecula. Ms Grant wants to hold talks with Shona Robinson ahead of the end of a consultation, which was launched to talk about […]


Orkney children have the best teeth in Scotland, new survey reveals

Orkney children have the best teeth in Scotland, new survey reveals

A new survey has revealed that children in Orkney have the best teeth in Scotland. Figures obtained as part of the National Dental Inspection Programme for 2017 show that standards of oral health are highest on the island, with 90.4 percent of P7 children showing no obvious signs of decay. This figures compares favourably with […]


New figures confirm dental health gap between children from poor and affluent backgrounds in Scotland

New figures confirm dental health gap between children from poor and affluent backgrounds in Scotland

New figures show that there is still a gap in standards of oral health between children from poor and affluent backgrounds in Scotland. Although there have been improvements, rates of decay are still higher in children from less wealthy families. Statistics obtained as part of the National Dental Inspection Programme and published by Information Services […]


Paisley dental nurse to embark on Uganda mission to help children orphaned by HIV

Paisley dental nurse to embark on Uganda mission to help children orphaned by HIV

A young dental nurse is preparing to swap Scotland for Uganda after securing a place on a volunteer programme to help children who have been orphaned as a result of HIV. Zoe Adams, 25, will travel to the African country in February as part of a project to support children who have lost parents. Zoe […]


Scottish patients turning to private dentists, research reveals

Scottish patients turning to private dentists, research reveals

A growing number of patients in Scotland are turning to private dentists, research has revealed. New research suggests that more and more dental patients north of the border are visiting private dental clinics as a result of confusion related to pricing and the availability of NHS services and issues with access to appointments. A study […]


Scottish health minister hails Childsmile initiative

Scottish health minister hails Childsmile initiative

The Scottish health minister, Shona Robison, has hailed the success of the Childsmile campaign amid concerns that standards of oral health are significantly worse in some areas of Scotland than others. Ms Robison said that nurseries and primary schools are helping to make a massive difference to children’s oral health in Scotland thanks to the […]


Residents raise concerns over ageing dental van in Newcastleton

Residents raise concerns over ageing dental van in Newcastleton

Newcastleton residents have raised concerns over the safety of an ageing dental van, which provides mobile treatment for children. A spokesperson for NHS Borders has confirmed that there are no plans to replace the mobile dental unit, despite fears from local residents that the van will not pass its MOT in August. Councillor Davie Paterson […]