LCH marks World Oral Health Day with top tips
Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust is marking World Oral Health Day today by reminding people of simple tips for a healthy mouth.
The top tips come from Helen Sayer, Dental Clinical Director at the Trust’s Directorate of Community Dental Health which recently became the largest in the country to be successful in getting all of its ten dental sites approved for British Dental Association (BDA) Good Practice.
“We want to remind people that it’s very important to brush your teeth and gums twice a day with family fluoride toothpaste,” said Helen.
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day using a fluoride tooth paste. After brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste and avoid rinsing with water.
- Change your toothbrush every three months or when bristles are splayed
- Keep sugary food and drink to a minimum (mealtimes only)
- Visit your dentist at least once a year for a routine check-up (or as advised by your dentist), even if you have little or no teeth
She is also especially keen to remind families with young children of oral hygiene advice.
Figures show that 2,000 children in Liverpool have had teeth extracted by the age of five and more than third have suffered tooth decay – in part due to the impact of sugary drinks and diet.
Because Liverpool has a very high level of tooth decay amongst children, advice to all parents and carers is that you should start brushing your baby’s teeth using a baby toothbrush as soon as their teeth start to come through, and remember that children will continue to need help with brushing up to the age of seven.
Liverpool Community Health’s dental team also strongly urges every family to make sure they are registered with a local dentist and attend regular check-ups together, which can help spot any early teeth or gum problems developing, and treat them before they become more serious.
For further information on accessing dental services please contact Healthwatch Liverpool 0151 227 5177.