Dental Health

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Dental Health

Finding a Dentist

Everyone should be able to access good-quality NHS dental services. There is no need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP because you are not bound to a catchment area. Simply find a dental practice that’s convenient for you, whether it’s near your home or work, and phone them to see if there are any appointments available.

If you do not have a regular dental practice or are new to the area, you can search for an NHS dentist near you on the NHS Choices website.

The leaflet below explains how to find an NHS dentist, what treatment you can expect and how much it will cost from 1 April 2017.

Brush DJ

Brush DJ is an award-winning, NHS approved, free toothbrush timer app that plays two minutes of music taken from the user’s device to encourage brushing for an effective length of time.  The app also allows users to set reminders to brush twice a day, floss, use a mouth rinse and when to see their dentist or hygienist.  For more information and to download the app visit Brush DJ

Top Tips for a Healthy Mouth

From 15th May to 15th June this year is National Smile Month, the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions. Below are its top tips for caring for your mouth.

  • Brush your teeth

    Brush last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste.

  • Floss

    Clean in between your teeth at least once a day using interdental brushes or floss.

  • Bad Breath

    To check if you have bad breath lick your wrist, let it dry and give it a sniff, if it smells your breath probably does too.

  • Mouthwash?

    If you use mouthwash don’t use it directly after brushing as you rinse away the fluoride from your toothpaste.

  • Stop Smoking

    Quit smoking to help reduce the chances of tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases mouth cancer.

  • The right toothpaste

    Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride; it helps strengthen tooth enamel making it more resistant to decay.

  • New toothbrush

    Change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if it becomes worn as it will not clean the teeth properly.

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