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Dental Health

Volume 983: debated on Thursday 24 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the percentage of people in Scotland with no

The information is as follows:natural teeth in the following age groups:

(a) 16 to 24 years,(b) 25 to 34 years,
(c) 35 to 44 years,(d) 45 to 54 years,
(e) 55 to 64 years,(f) 65 to 74 years,
(g) 75 years and over and(h) all ages.

The information set out in the table below is the most recent available; it derives from a survey of adult dental health in Scotland carried out in 1972. A United Kingdom survey was carried out in 1978, and its findings will be published later this year.

Age groupProportion of population edentulous
Per cent.
75 and over89
All ages44

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the percentage of children at the following ages with untreated dental diseases in need of attention (a) 5 years, (b) 9 years and (c) 14 years.

Information about all children is not available either as a single total or by separate ages. However, statistics relating to the school dental service for 1978—the latest year for which information is available—show that 57·1 per cent. of children seen at routine inspections in schools during that year were found to have defects. Complementary figures in relation to pre-school and other children examined by general dental practitioners are not readily available.