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Young Scots teetch problems revealed

November 15, 2011 12:54 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has revealed the worrying extent of children under 4 having their teeth extracted.

Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSPIn answers to Parliamentary Questions lodged by Mrs McInnes, it was revealed that 620 children under the age of 4 have had teeth extracted.

Mrs McInnes is concerned that if the Scottish Government does not take steps to deal with this, it could lead to even more serious problems in the future.

Commenting, Mrs McInnes said:

"These figures show the cost of Scotland's poor oral health record and the SNP's complacency in dealing with it.

"Bad diets coupled with lack of dentists in rural areas spells bad news for the health of Scotland's teeth

"Early intervention is key to dealing with many of these problems. Many extractions could be avoided if proper care was taken right from the start to educate even very young children about the benefits of oral hygiene.

"Investing now in our children's early education and wellbeing will stop more serious health problems developing in the future.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats have repeatedly warned the SNP Government that they should increase the number of dentists, especially in rural areas or these numbers will continue to get worse.

"Scotland cannot afford such complacency."