SCOTLAND

Dental health

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • In all areas of Scotland apart from Forth Valley, 5-year-olds have, on average, more missing, decayed or filled tooth than the England and Wales average.
  • The areas with the highest average numbers of missing, decayed or filled teeth are Lanarkshire and Glasgow.
  • Almost four-fifths of 5-year-olds in the most deprived areas have some decayed teeth compared to two-fifths of those in the least deprived areas. 1
  • See the UK indicator on dental ill-health.

Definitions and data sources

The graph shows how the average number of missing, decayed or filled teeth for 5-year-olds varies by NHS Board (data by local authority not being available).  Research by the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry suggests that this measure is strongly correlated with other aspects of disadvantage.  For comparison purposes, the equivalent data for England and Wales is also shown.

The data source is a 2005/06 survey conducted by the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: high.  The data is based on a very large survey.

1. Results from the 2003 NDIP survey, Dental Health Services Research Unit.