There is an issue in Scotland that barely makes any conversation. Last year, it was all about the independence issue and the economic, social and cultural effect had it gone through. The year before, it was about if every nation in the British Isles will qualify for the next European Championship, all of them having a great time in the qualifiers.
Although not as obvious, dental issue is prevalent in Scotland. When the numbers are collected each year, a big chunk of the statistics shows how the Scottish fixes their dental issues and the problem that caused it.
The dominant statistic shown in the Scottish Government website is that 90% of adults have some natural teeth. 90% is a good number, but the word “some” shows that there is not much cause for optimism. Sites like botanicsdentalcare.co.uk and their dental implants service in Glasgow receive numerous patients every month. After all, these are regarded as an easy solution for having a great smile.
The most common dental issues, however, are not that serious. Toothache, bleeding gums and difficulty in chewing are what plagues the people. Bleeding and difficulty in chewing are serious situations because only poor dental health can lead to it.
The number of people with no natural teeth has decreased since 1995, from 11% to just 4%. This kind of statistic, in spite of all the negativity, forms a big part of the yearly dental survey. More than two-thirds of all children have no obvious decay, paving the way for a healthier oral health in their future.
Eliminating adult-specific teeth problems is possible by developing healthy dental habits early. The things that cause teeth loss are preventable and should not be reasons for oral health concerns.
Considering that the diet, habits and poverty are primary causes of poor dental health, it will be a hard road to optimal dental health for the Scottish people. The signs are there that it is already improving; it must continue if they are to rank higher in Europe when it comes to oral wellbeing.