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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15682: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many treatments will be offered by dentists under the updated Oral Health Improvement Plan; how this compares with the previous plan, and what assessment it has made of how this might impact on levels of (a) tooth decay and (b) gum disease in each NHS board area.

Answered by: Shona Robison 30 April 2018

Under the Oral Health Improvement Plan patients will be offered the treatment they need to secure and maintain oral health.

The Plan describes a process of reducing the number of different treatment types from more than 400 to around 100 items. This does not mean a reduction in service provision, but is primarily a simplification exercise.

Prior to the publication of the plan we consulted with both patients and dental professionals and the general feeling was that the current system was very complex, difficult to understand for patients and administratively burdensome for health professionals.

The Plan aims to introduce a clinically evidenced programme of preventive care for adults, which includes a regular Oral Health Risk Assessment and improved periodontal care (gum disease). Our view is that the implementation of this programme will improve the oral health of the general adult population of Scotland.