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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17675: Briggs, Miles (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the evidence base is behind the proposal in the Oral Health Improvement Plan to increase the interval between routine dental examinations for adults from six months to two years, and whether it has examined international best practice in relation to this proposed change.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 23 July 2018

The Scottish Government is not proposing to increase the interval between routine dental examinations for adult patients from six months to two years.

The Plan envisages the introduction of a new system of preventive care where the period between appointments is determined by the oral health of the patient. This means that some patients will be seen more frequently than six months if they have poor oral health while other may be seen less frequently if their oral health and general health justifies it.

This model is supported by National Institute and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on the frequency of dental check-ups. More information may be found at https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG19 . The NICE guideline has been updated for 2018 and reaffirmed.