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Scotland’s National Dental Inspection Programme survey

Scotland’s National Dental Inspection Programme survey, which provide an essential source of information for tracking the changes in the dental health of Scottish Children, revealed that 42% of children at P1 had levels of dental decay and that five year olds from more deprived backgrounds were nearly twice as likely to suffer from obvious decay experience in their deciduous teeth compared to children from more affluent homes. Lower levels of caries are now being seen in the more affluent areas.

In some areas dental registration rates remain low at 39.8% for the 0-2 year-old age group. It is therefore vital that the basis of good oral health is established in the child’s earliest years, even before the first tooth erupts.