We have a dedicated oral health improvement team committed to improving the oral health of our local communities.
We offer a wide range of oral health improvement activities as part of our Building Brighter Smiles programme. These range from fluoride varnish applications, advice on how to brush babies’ teeth, healthy eating for pre-school aged children and tooth brushing support in primary schools to compliment this activity at home. The Building Brighter Smiles programme focuses on improving young children’s oral health and places an emphasis on disease prevention from birth up to five years.
The team also delivers a range of training to build on people’s understanding to improve their own and others’ oral health.
We work together with a wide range of health professionals, external partners, voluntary and community groups to offer training and support about improving oral health particularly to key groups such as children, vulnerable adults and older people.
The team also works in partnership with national campaigns such as national smile month to deliver key oral health messages and has a range of oral health education resources available free of charge to loan.
Information about finding a dentist can be found on the NHS Choices website.
If you need urgent or emergency dental care please contact NHS 111.
A healthy mouth has an important role in the general health and well-being of people. Poor oral health and many general health conditions can affect a healthy mouth, namely smoking, alcohol misuse and poor diet.
Poor oral health can be prevented, here’s our useful information to help you maintain a healthy mouth and improve your general well-being.
Top tips on prevention
- Cut down on sugary foods and drinks, particularly in between meals. sugar in food and drinks is the main cause of tooth decay.
- Look after your teeth and gums – brushing your teeth properly with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, using floss and an interdental brush at least once a day. For further information view the video below
- Visit your dentist regularly – your dentist will decide how often they need to see you based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums.
- To reduce the risk of tooth decay in babies, from six months of age introduce your child to drinking from a cup.
- Use a free flow feeder for your child, they are better for teeth rather than valve or sip and seal cups. For more information on feeder cups please visit the child smile website.
We deliver a range of oral health improvement programmes under the umbrella of Building Brighter Smiles. The aim of these programmes is to improve the oral health of young children living in Bradford and Airedale.
If you would like further information about Building Brighter Smiles view our Building brighter smiles leaflet.