Survey Shows Scotland’s Dental Progress

The first set of results of the Scottish Health Survey, since some major changes, shows Scotland’s dental health to be improving.

The survey looks at private households to create an accurate picture of the country’s health. It incorporates previous surveys and is now one annual survey consisting of core and module parts, covering all areas of the NHS.

Since the implementation of anti-smoking legislation, the amount of smokers has been decreasing, as well as levels of second-hand smoking in homes. A further bill, yet to be passed, plans to discourage smoking by young people. Overall, such actions have led to better dental hygiene in Scotland.

Results reveal that roughly 75% of adults believe their general health to be either good or very good, as opposed to only 7% of the population finding their health to be bad or very bad.

Nicola Sturgeon, the cabinet secretary for health and well-being, hopes that Scottish citizens are recognising the link “between lifestyle and good health”.

The next target for the Scottish Government is alcohol misuse, which continues to affect a significant percentage of the population. The government plans to spend £120m on a series of plans to reduce drinking over the course of three years.

The Scottish Health Survey started in 2008 and will continue until 2011, when all of the results will be fully accumulated.

Friday 23rd October 2009

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