Scotland's Oral Health Plan

Date: 20th September 2016
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

The consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government's proposals to reduce health inequalities, shift dental services to a more preventative approach - initially for children, and to meet the challenges of an ageing population.

Why Scottish Government are consulting

The First Minister's Programme for Government acknowledges the complex set of challenges around oral health inequalities and how its begins to shift the emphasis from restorative dentistry to a more preventive-focused approach.

There has been a lot of progress in the tooth decay of children. This is a crucial area, as dental decay is almost always entirely preventable. The latest National Dental Inspection Programme showed that 75 per cent of children in Scotland at Primary 7 had 'no obvious decay experience', compared with 59 per cent in 2007. Similar progress has also been seen amongst Primary 1 children.

This consultation exercise will help to shape the oral health care and NHS dental services in Scotland for children and young people amongst other issues.