Scottish Water is Crowning Glory for Teeth

01 November 2019

Tap Water Smiles Better

Pupils at Annette Primary School in Govanhill, Glasgow, know Scottish tap water is great for healthy gums and teeth.

Scotland’s tap water has become the first in the world to gain international approval for keeping teeth healthy.

This National Brush Day (1st November) Scottish Water announces that it has been given the official stamp of approval by the Oral Health Foundation after submitting scientific evidence that its tap water promotes healthier teeth and gums. 

The news comes after new research from NHS Scotland revealed that the number of children in Scotland with no obvious sign of tooth decay has hit a record high.

Scottish Water joined up with four and five-year-old pupils from Annette Street Primary School in Glasgow’s Govanhill and dental group Clyde Munro to mark National Brush Day, which is specifically timed to follow the impact of Halloween and its sugary treats by reinforcing the importance of children’s oral health and promoting good teeth-brushing habits.

Scottish Water and Clyde Munro gave the P1 pupils a lesson on how to brush their teeth properly and why it’s important to look after their teeth by drinking water, as well as protect the environment by turning off the tap while they brush to save water.

Ruaridh MacGregor, Corporate Affairs Manager at Scottish Water, said: “We’re so lucky to have such great drinking water coming straight out of the tap in Scotland – it’s something that we should never take for granted as it plays a vital role in the general health of the country. ”

Annette Primary School celebrate National Toothbrushing Day

Annette Primary School celebrate National Toothbrushing Day

The accolade is an important boost to Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign which aims to encourage people to top up from the tap to benefit the planet, their health and their pocket.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, said: "We are delighted to set this precedent by granting Scottish Water the use of our official Approved Stamp and hope that this will serve to make people more aware of the very real health benefits of drinking tap water.

"Water, along with milk, is the only drink that the Foundation recommends as completely safe for teeth as sugary drinks are a particular problem and, as they are often sipped throughout the day, can cause the teeth to be placed under almost constant acid attack.
"It contains no sugar, no calories and no acid and, from a holistic point of view, by guarding against everything from headaches to heart disease, it is massively important to a person's overall health." 

Jacqui Frederick, Group Clinical Director at Clyde Munro which operates 32 dental practices around Scotland, said: “Our tap water can help remove and food debris from snacks and, importantly it’s healthy and sugar free. This helps you produce the right amounts of saliva, which is your body’s natural protector of teeth and gums.”

Andrew Blaikie, Headteacher at Annette Street Primary eco school, said: “Health and wellbeing – including better dental health – is an important part of our curriculum, so visits like this are a vital life lesson for our children, helping them to protect their teeth for many years to come.”

Scottish Water’s latest research from August 2019 found that 86% of Scots think that Scottish Water is world class (increase of 4% from 82% in May 2018).Figures from NHS Scotland showed four out of five (80%) P7 children had no obvious decay experience in their permanent teeth in 2019 - up from 53% in 2005 when records began.

However, the data shows children in the poorest parts of Scotland are more likely to have decay than those in wealthier areas.