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Oral Health

Caring for your mouth and maintaining good oral health at every stage of life is important. Good oral health is an indicator of an individual’s overall health, well-being and quality of life. It enables us to enjoy the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet, to socialise and communicate with others, increases our confidence and self-esteem and it helps in the prevention of long-term health conditions.

Here are a few Top Tips on how everyone in your family can establish a good oral hygiene routine and have a healthier looking smile.
 
  1. Brush your teeth twice a day
    Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Read more on how to keep your teeth clean.
 
  1. Clean between your teeth
    Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth. Read more about why it's important to floss.
 
  1. Cut down on sugar
    Eating too much sugar can make you gain weight and can also cause tooth decay. Read more about reducing sugar.
 
  1. Make healthier lifestyle choices
    Having a healthy balanced diet, not smoking and limiting your alcohol are good for both general and oral health. Read more about why a healthy lifestyle is good for your teeth.

    If you would like support in making lifestyle changes see Be Well Tameside.
 
  1. Brush baby teeth as soon as they come through
    Get them off to the best start by brushing a baby's teeth as soon as they come through. Read more about how to look after baby teeth.
 
  1. Get children into a good oral health routine
    Help your child have healthy teeth for life. Read more about how to look after your children's teeth.
 
  1. Visit the dentist
    Everyone should visit a dentist to have their mouth checked as often as recommended. Children should be seen before their first birthday. To find a local NHS dentist call 111 or visit.
 
  1. Ask about fluoride varnish
    Children over 3 years old and some adults may benefit from having fluoride applied to their teeth. Ask your dental team or read more about fluoride.
 
  1. Straighten crooked teeth with braces
    More and more teenagers (and some adults) are having braces and orthodontics to straighten their teeth. Find out about getting braces.
 
  1. Don’t delay having dental treatment
    There are a range of dental treatments provided. Some, such as fillings and root canal treatments, are available as part of NHS dental services. Others, such as cosmetic treatments may be limited or only carried out privately. Find out more about dental treatments.

    For information on how much NHS dental treatment costs or to see if you may be exempt from charges see NHS dental charges.
 

Oral Health for Children with Autism

The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) has some useful information and advice for parents of children with autism, which can be view here.

 

GM Urgent Dental Care Service

Patients who are not registered with a dentist can access the service between 8am and 10pm, seven-days-a-week.
 
Patients who are registered with a dental practice can access the service between 6pm and 10pm Monday to Friday and 8pm – 10pm Saturday and Sunday.
 
Patients can contact the service by calling 0333 332 3800 or NHS111. More information is available at GTD Healthcare.
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