Paisleys MSP, George Adam has welcomed the news that that dental registrations across Greater Glasgow and Clyde have increased in the last year, following new statistics from ISD Scotland.
The number of adults registered with dentists in Greater Glasgow and Clyde is up to 968,975, climbing from 939,837 – part of a national rise from 3,880,815 in 2015/16 to 4,004,645 in 2016/17.
The number of children registered across Greater Glasgow & Clyde also rose from 218,972 to 220,566 in the last year.
The number of adults registered with an NHS dentist across Scotland is at 91.1%, up from 45.6% since the SNP came to power.
The number of children registered has also increased from 66.6% under Labour to 94.1% under the SNP.
The total number of registered dental patients in Scotland is now at 4,975,850 – and the Scottish Government continues to take action to improve dental health across Scotland, including through the new Oral Health Improvement Plan and an investment of over £400 million in NHS dentists in the community. George has encouraged those who are not currently registered to sign up with their local dentist.
“This is welcome news for Greater Glasgow & Clyde and shows that efforts to increase the number of people receiving regular dental check-ups is paying off, with 968,975 adults and 220,566 children now registered across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“It is a huge boost to see more and more people using the excellent dental services that we have in Greater Glasgow & Clyde– and by doing so we are able to prevent potentially more damaging and costly treatments in future.
“Those that aren’t registered should sign up with their local dental practice to get the dental treatment now and in the years to come.
“The SNP has a strong record on dental and oral health – increasing the number of adults registered with an NHS dentist in Scotland from 45.6% under Labour to 91.1% now, and the number of children registered has grown by 27.5% under the SNP.
“Scottish Government funding and commitments have been a key driver of these improvements, which is why we now have nearly 5 million registered dental patients across the country. The new Oral Health Improvement Plan will only boost this further still.
“Programmes such as ChildSmile have proven effective in getting children the dental treatment that they need – and with more adults registering with practices across Scotland, the SNP is making sure there is plenty to smile about across Scotland.”