28 June 2016

Stevenson Welcomes Record Dental Registration Levels

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed new figures showing 9 in 10 children are registered with NHS dentist.

Mr Stevenson has welcomed statistics which show 89% of children in Aberdeenshire are registered with an NHS dentist.

Under the SNP Government dental registration has increased sharply from 52% of the population in 2007 to 91% nationally today.

For the first time there is no difference in dentist registration rates between children living in the most and least deprived areas of Scotland. 91% of children in the most deprived communities are registered with an NHS dentist - the same rate for the least deprived. In March 2007, these figures were 52% and 76% respectively.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“The SNP is committed to ensuring that everybody who wants access to NHS dental services can receive it.

“Substantial investment by this government has meant that dental registration has increased from 52% of the population in 2007 to 91% today. This shows the continued success of the Scottish Government in strengthening public services for benefit of all.

“This rise in registrations comes alongside falling child tooth decay in Scotland and there is no longer a deprivation gap in dental registrations. Good oral health is an important pillar of overall health. The benefits should be available to all regardless of their circumstances.”

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