Dental decay

The graph below compares dental health in Primary 1 children in the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Community Health Partnerships (CH(C)Ps) during 2012.

Primary 1 Children with No Obvious Decay Experience  Glasgow and Clyde Valley Community Health  Care  Partnerships (click on graph to expand)

In three Community Health (& Care) Partnerships, East Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire, the national target of 60% of P1 children with no obvious decay experience is clearly exceeded.  In West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and North Lanarkshire, levels of tooth decay among P1 children are higher than desired and exceed the national average. The national target of 60% of P1 children with no obvious decay experience has not been met by Glasgow City.


The National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) allows changes in the dental health of children in Scotland to be tracked. The two key child year groups involved are primary one (P1) and primary seven (P7) of Local Authority schools. Every year, a basic inspection is undertaken for all P1 and P7 children. Alternating each year, a detailed inspection is undertaken for a representative sample of either the P1 or the P7 age group, involving a comprehensive assessment of the mouth of each child, where the status of each surface of each tooth is assessed in accordance with international epidemiological conventions. A tooth surface is only assessed as having ‘obvious decay’ if the disease process clinically appears to have penetrated dentine (i.e. the layer below the outer white enamel of the teeth).

Full details of the National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) and complete reports can be found here.

For more information and statistics on childhood deprivation in Glasgow, see the poverty section of this site. For information from research about the effects of child poverty on child health and of child poverty on adult health, see the resources page of the health section

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