Dental registration rates soar in Moray

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Dental registration rates have soared in Moray, according to new figures. 

Statistics released by NHS Scotland show that there has been a giant leap in the proportion of adults and children registered with a dentist in the region. Since 2007, the number of adults registered with an NHS dental practice in Grampian has sky-rocketed, with rates now 170% higher. The number of children on an NHS register has also increased by 58% in the last decade, with over 90% of kids now on an NHS list. 

Moray MSP, Richard Lochhead, suggested that the new figures highlight the “huge strides” made by the Scottish National Party. Speaking about the statistics, Mr Lochhead said that the SNP’s commitment to improving standards of health has achieved incredible results. A decade ago, registration rates among adults and children were significantly lower, and increased uptake will undoubtedly boost standards of oral health in the future. 

Since becoming the MSP for Moray in 2006, Mr Lochhead has campaigned or improved access to NHS dental services in the region, and it’s brilliant to see more and more people being able to go to the dentist on a regular basis. Routine checks play a crucial role in preventing dental decay, reducing costs, and eliminating the risk of complex oral health problems. 

Tooth decay is the most common cause of hospital admissions among children across the UK, and increasing registration rates among young people is likely to prevent more cases of decay and lower the number of extraction procedures required.

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