Inequalities still remain say latest NDIP figures

2015 report highlights continued poor oral health in deprived areas

19 November, 2015 / infocus

Despite a continued improvement in the oral health of primary seven pupils, significant inequalities still remain according to the latest National Dental Inspection Report (NDIP).

The 2015 report of 14,643 children from schools across Scotland, representing 28 per cent of the total P7 population, found that 75 per cent now have no obvious decay experience. This is up from 73 per cent in 2013 and from 53 per cent in 2005.

However, the report also found that socio-economic inequalities still remain in Scotland, with the percentages for children with no obvious decay ranging from 64 per cent in the most deprived quintile, to 85 per cent in the least deprived quintile.

The number of decayed, missing or filled teeth also continues to drop, with the mean number of teeth in the report down to 0.53, compared with 0.60 in 2013 and 1.29 in 2005.

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