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Oral health


Oral health is important for general health and wellbeing. We know that poor oral health can affect someone's ability to eat, speak, smile and socialise normally. From early in life, as part of the overall health and wellbeing of a child, good oral health contributes to their ‘Getting the Best Start in Life’ and school readiness. While children’s oral health has improved over the past 20 years, almost a third (27.9%) of five-year-olds still had tooth decay in 2012 which remains the most common reason for hospital admissions in children aged five to nine years old.

As more adults are retaining teeth into their old age, incident of tooth decay has increased. Gum disease if left untreated, can increase a person's risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke; and increase the risk of diabetes and poor control of diabetes

Since 1989, rates of oral cancers have increased by 40% making it one of the UK's fastest growing cancers.

Older people are at a higher risk for dental problems which has increased the need for treatment and care; especially for vulnerable older people living within care homes and those suffering from dementia. If left unaddressed, dental issues combined with the level of chronic illnesses in this population can explode into bigger, more complex health problems, and increased risk of hospitalisation, poor quality of life and death from malnutrition.

Further information

More information including hints and tips on maintaining good oral health can be found on the following websites

British dental
Nhs choices

Find a dentist

If you are not already registered with a dentist you can review a list of local dentists on NHS Choices website, please use the contact details provided to make an appointment.

Last reviewed: 17/03/2015

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