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A sudden hike in the number of dental patients has been reported in Scotland. Figures have been issued highlighting dramatically high number of dental patients. According to the figures issued by the statistical body ISD Scotland, Since 2006, additional 1.36 million people have taken appointment to dentists.
According to the figures, youngsters are becoming increasingly aware about dental care as they are now paying more attention to it. The Scotland's health board is glad that awareness among youth has helped them in achieving their targets. It has been informed that 60% of the adults visiting dentists didn’t have any tooth decay related issues.
While commenting upon the finding, Public Health Minister Michael Matheson noted, “It is fantastic that we now have an extra 1.3 million Scots registered with an NHS dentist”. The authorities concerned are hopeful that the improvement in the dental care and awareness among the people would help them in achieving their targets.
Figures reveal that in 2011, 60% of the kids in the age group of 7 to 8 had showed no tooth decay issues. However, in 2005, 52.9% of the kids were found to be free from tooth decay problem. Michael Matheson said that the figures clearly show that the investment, which has been made by the government in the past, is proving helpful in freeing kids from tooth decay problems.
The National Dental Inspection Programme noted that it is for the very first time when the Scotland NHS boards have successfully achieved the target set by the Scottish Government. Improvement in the dental care has resulted from easy accessibility of the services. In the past, the Scotland Government had invested large chunk of money with the pursuit of improving dental care services. It is hoped that in the coming times, people will continue to keep a tab over their dental care.