Public asked to take dental health survey

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Can you spare a few minutes to share your views on dental health and services in Tayside? NHS Tayside is asking everyone to take part in an online survey about dental health and services in Tayside.

This survey to collect information and opinions from people about their experiences of accessing and using NHS dental services is part of a project to develop an oral health equity strategy for Tayside that will meet the needs of local people and help reduce inequalities in oral health.

Susan Carson, Honorary Specialty Registrar in Dental Public Health with NHS Tayside said: “While dental health has improved in the past decade, tooth decay, gum disease and mouth cancer continue to cause problems and the effect of these conditions is greatest on those from disadvantaged sections of the community.

“It doesn’t matter if you haven’t visited the dentist for a while, we would still like to hear from you.

“As a current or potential user of dental services, your views and ideas are very valuable to us and we would be grateful if people could take a few minutes to complete our survey to help us with our plans.”

Oral health means all areas of the mouth including teeth and gums, tongue, soft tissues of the mouth and throat, chewing muscles and jaws. It includes all parts of the mouth which might be treated by dental services.

NHS dental services are provided by dental teams in independent high street dental practices, public dental service clinics and some hospital departments. As well as NHS dental treatment services, NHS Tayside also manages large scale dental health improvement programmes such as Childsmile.

The survey is open until Sunday, October 25 and can be accessed on and clicking the ‘consultations’ page.