Oral health im­proves in the isles

The Oban Times - - News -

THERE are smiles all over the Western Isles af­ter re­ports of a dra­matic im­prove­ment of den­tal hy­giene.

Oral health in the is­lands has im­proved as a re­sult of Childsmile month, ac­cord­ing to Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alas­dair Allan.

The gov­ern­ment-funded pro­gramme ran in the Western Isles from June 29 un­til July 24 and around 1,800 chil­dren had a check-up in this time.

Since Childsmile be­gan in 2010, the num­ber of is­land young­sters reg­is­tered with an NHS den­tist has in­creased by 29 per cent. Chil­dren in pri­mary one who are free of tooth de­cay has also risen by 16 per cent.

Mr Allan wel­comed the im­prove­ments: ‘Childsmile is a great ex­am­ple of what can be achieved when we fo­cus on preven­tion, rather than treat­ment, at a very young age.

‘ The Western Isles has needed to im­prove its den­tal health and so it is hugely en­cour­ag­ing to see just how much progress has been made in this area since 2010.’

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