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Dental Hygiene Found Wanting In Children Of Poorer Communities In Scotland

A National research that was conducted in Scotland has found that the children in the poorer communities are twice as likely to suffer from tooth decay.//

The research that was conducted by the National Dental Inspection Programme 2005 has shown that 64% of children in the most deprived areas had decay in permanent teeth by primary age of seven as compared to only 30% of children in wealthier parts of the country.

The first comprehensive study of the primary group around the seven-year age group examined 10,794 children across Scotland, excluding the Western Isles, during the school year 2004 to 2005. The British Dental Association (BDA) had called on a campaign to target greater resources and information at poorer communities, based on the findings of the study.

Dr Andrew Lamb, the director of the British Dental Association for Scotland, said, “I think what is required is an education programme to encourage those parents who are currently not seeking dental advice for their children to seek dental advice.” He also argued that it would be essential for the addition of fluoride in the drinking water in deprived communities. It was reported that In Birmingham, where fluoridation has been adopted, only around one in five of the 11-year-olds have tooth decay.

The study had found that children in primary ages of seven have on average 2.73 teeth which are decayed, missing or filled and 47% of them present themselves with obvious signs of decay in their permanent or secondary teeth. It was explained that the overall proportion of children in the primary ages of seven with no obvious tooth decay is around 53%. The Scottish Executive had earlier set a target of 60% for 2010 and it was reported that 6 of the 14 health boards that were surveyed have already reached or exceeded the target.

Dr Lamb said, “We do know one of the simplest and most efficient and cost-effective ways of improving oral health in children would
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