Today has seen the publication of the latest results from the National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) . This years report focuses on Primary 7 (P7) pupils.
The report shows that 75% of P7 pupils have no obvious experience of tooth decay in 2015. This is a large improvement since 2005 when just 53% had no obvious decay. Across NHS Boards it ranges from 68% to 84%.
Socio-economic inequalities in the oral health of P7 children remain, with the percentages with no obvious decay experience ranging from 64% for children in the most deprived quintile to 85% for those in least deprived quintile.
Reports from previous years are available from the NDIP website
The National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) is carried out annually under the auspices of the Scottish Dental Epidemiology Co-ordinating Committee on behalf of NHS Boards. Its principal aims are to inform parents/carers of the oral health status of their children and, through appropriately anonymised, aggregated data, advise the Scottish Government, NHS Boards and other organisations concerned with children’s health of the prevalence of oral disease at national and local levels.