Annual Report Of The Chief Dental Officer 2012

The Report compiles a comprehensive picture of the state of oral  health and other issues relevant to dentistry in Scotland. Particular highlights include the record numbers of people (adults and children) currently registered with a NHS dentist in Scotland, and the substantial improvements that have been made in child oral health. The Report also considers some of the challenges for the future such as breaking the link between deprivation and poor dental health, oral cancer rates amongst adults and the oral health needs of vulnerable groups such as the elderly and homeless people. The Report reviews specific targeted programmes of intervention such as the Childsmile Programme, which has a particular focus on improving children’s oral health through a combination of health promotion and the early identification and management of oral disease.

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