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Dental and oral health

Healthy teeth and gums

Gum disease and tooth decay are the 2 most common causes of tooth loss. You can avoid unnecessary tooth loss or fillings by keep your teeth healthy.

Here are some top tips for healthy teeth:

  • brush at least twice a day
  • brush for at least 3 minutes
  • replace your toothbrush on regular intervals
  • avoid too much fizzy drinks and sugary drinks as these can cause your teeth to decay
  • go for check up with the dentist every 6 months
  • use mouthwash before you brush your teeth


Some people might require dentures. Dentures are removable false teeth that fit over your gums to fill in gaps of missing teeth. A person can either have a partial denture to replace a single or a few missing teeth, or have a full denture which replaces all the teeth in the mouth. It is important that you take care of your dentures through regular maintenance and cleaning.

Registering with a dentist

In order to ensure your teeth are regularly maintained, it is important that you register with a dental surgery so that you can have regular check ups.

You can find your nearest dentist on the NHS website.

Once you have registered, your dentist will make an appointment with you every 6 months to check how your teeth and gums are doing.

It is important to try and keep your appointment with the dentist. If you are unable to attend your dental appointment, contact the dental surgery so that you can rearrange the appointment.

If your dentist spots something wrong with your teeth or gums they will recommend a course of treatment. You may be required to attend an additional appointment for any dental work or treatment you require.

Last updated: 05/04/2022