Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Gibson welcomes dentist figures

News release
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Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed a substantial percentage increase in NHS dentists in Orkney.

New figures released from the Scottish Government show that from March 2006 till March 2009 the amount of NHS dentists has risen by 56%

Separate figures show that the number of 3 to 5 year olds (between December 2007 and March 2009) who are were register with NHS dentists has risen 22.6%.

Mr Gibson said…

"These are great figures which shows the hard work being carried out by the Scottish Government to increase access throughout the country and make the NHS an attractive place to work.

The increase in children from 3 to 5 who are registered with an NHS dentists is great to see. It is well known that children who get into good oral health habits early on are much more likely to continue these into later life.

"According to the latest National Dental Inspection Programme survey Children's oral health is improving and the most recent survey shows that the dental health of primary one pupils in Scotland has reached the highest levels ever recorded.

"Whilst these figures are encouraging it is important not to get complacent the Scottish Government will be as committed as ever to increase the amount of NHS dentist whilst implementing programmes to improve children's oral health."



1. The following information shows, by health board area, the number of children aged three to five registered with an NHS dentist as at March 2009 and in brackets the percentage increase since December 2007.

Orkney: 342 (22.5 per cent)

2. The following information shows the number of NHS dentists in each health board area in Scotland as at March 2009 and in brackets the percentage increase since March 2006.

Orkney: 17 (54.5 per cent)

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