Quarterly update on what's happening in Dentistry in Scotland from the Scottish Dental Website.
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Issue 2, 16th December 2016


Derek Richards, Editor-in-ChiefThe last 3 months has seen a lot of activity related to the Scottish Government's consultation on the future of oral health with roadshows being held at locations across the country.  Consultation finished on the 8th December and the responses will be collated and a response anticipated sometime next year.  With only a few hours to go before closing we understand that 370 responses had been received and no doubt there will be more before it closes. We shall be following post consultation developments on

Latest News

National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP)

Latest data from NDIP for Primary 1 children shows that 69% were free of obvious decay, an increase since 2014.

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Guidance on Conscious Sedation in Dentistry will be open for consultation from 6th Jan to 3rd Feb 2017, with documents available from the website.  
Following consultation, the guidance on Oral Health Management of Patients at Risk of Medication-related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw  will also be published in the new year.  Find out more.

Dental Workforce in Scotland

Latest in a series of reports that examine trends in the supply of dentists and dental care professionals.
The reports are used to inform workforce planning.
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Dental health of Primary 1 children

November saw the publication of the latest report from the National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP). This year’s report focuses of P1 children. Between November 2015 and June 2016 15,365 children were examined.  The percentage of children with no obvious decay in the primary teeth now stands at 69% a big improvement over the levels seen in the beginning of the 2000s when the figure was just 45%.  The average number of decayed missing and filled teeth has also fallen from 2.76 in 2003 to 1.21 in 2006.  
While the overall improvement in oral health of P1 children is continuing, the rate of improvement is slowing and inequalities remain. Only 55% of P1 children have no obvious decay experience in the most deprived areas compared with 82% in the least deprived areas.

NDIP P1 trend, 1988-2016 The implementation and delivery of the Childsmile programme has had an important impact on the oral health of children. A continuing focus on prevention across dental services will be important to maintain the health gains and address the continuing inequalities.

Dental Elf

Latest evidence updates from The Dental Elf

New in the Library

The following resources have recently been added to the Scottish Dental library:

This  report the first in a new format providing an increased and more clearly structured set of information on how primary care dental services are managed and provided in Scotland, and how well these services are operating.
Scotland’s oral health plan and defibrillators in independent GDS dental practices.
Letter from the Scottish Government about Scotland’s oral health plan and a consultation exercise on the future of oral health defibrillators to independent dental practices providing General Dental Services.
The Dental Workforce in Scotland 2016
This report by NHS Education for Scotland is the latest in a series of biennial dental workforce reports to inform workforce planning for dental services in Scotland.

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