New data has shown that the oral health gap in Scotland shows no sign of improvement, with dental health inequalities persisting. 

This comes after the latest report of the National Dental Inspection Programme was published last week.

The report shows that only 68.1% of 10 to 11 year olds in the tenth most deprived areas were found to be decay free. This is compared to 89.7% in the tenth least deprived – a gap of 21.6%. This gap has increased from 20.1% in 2019.

In addition, 71.9% of 10 to 11 year olds living in the most deprived areas have no obvious decay experience. This is compared to 88.0% in the least deprived areas.

Despite this, there has been some improvement. For example, 49.9% of 10 to 11 year olds in the most deprived areas in 2009 had no obvious decay experience, compared to 76.2% in the least deprived.

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