MATHESON WELCOMES CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH.

Children in primary seven have healthier teeth than ever before, according to new figures.
Statistics reveal show that 72.8 per cent of primary seven children have no obvious decay, compared to 69.4 per cent in 2011. This is an increase from 52.9 per cent in 2005.

For the first time, primary seven children in all areas of deprivation have reached the target of 60 per cent having no obvious decay.

The figures also show that the average number of primary seven children’s teeth affected by obvious decay has reduced from 1.29 in 2005 to 0.6 in 2013.

Falkirk West MSP and Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson said:
“I am delighted that the dental health of children in the Falkirk area and Scotland in general continues to improve.

“These figures show that 72.8 per cent of primary seven children have no obvious tooth decay. Although the target has already been made, this is the first time that that over 60 per cent for children in all deprived areas has been reached.

“I would like to thank all parents, nursery and primary school staff, health visitors and dental staff locally who have contributed to these improvements and who have all worked together to bring about this tremendous achievement.

“This group of children will have been part of the Childsmile nursery and school toothbrushing programme and some will have had fluoride varnish applied in primary school.

“It is great to see the tremendous work of the Childsmile Programme showing benefits in our children’s oral health.