Oral Health Advice

Oral Health Advice

Prevention

This section was adapted from: ‘Delivering Better Oral Health’ a joint publication of the Department of Health and British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry.

We aim to empower our clients to make positive decisions to improve their oral health.  The following advice is aimed at achieving this.

Children aged 0-6 years

Children aged from 7 years to young adults

Adults

Prevention of gum disease

Prevention of oral cancer

Healthy Eating Advice

Consensus recommendations advocate the following to prevent dental caries:

  • The frequency and amount of sugars should be reduced.  Consumption of sugary foods should be restricted to meal times.
  • Limit consumption of foods and drinks with added sugars to a maximum of four times a day.
  • Sugars (excluding those naturally present in whole fruit) should provide less than 10% of total energy in the diet or less than 60g per person per day.  Note that for young children this will be around 33g per day.

Potentially cariogenic (teeth decaying) foods and drinks include:

  • Sugar and chocolate confectionery
  • Cakes and biscuits
  • Buns, pastries, fruit pies
  • Sponge puddings and other puddings
  • Table sugar
  • Sugared breakfast cereals
  • Jams, preserves, honey
  • Ice cream
  • Fruit in syrup
  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Sugared soft drinks
  • Sugared, milk-based beverages
  • Sugar-containing alcoholic drinks
  • Dried fruits
  • Syrups and sweet sauces.

Key Facts for eating well

This are some messages aimed at helping you make healthier dietary choices (for details please refer to Foods standard agency site- www.eatwell.gov.uk).

The two most important elements of a healthy diet are:

  • Eating the right amount of food relative to how active a person is.
  • Eating a range of foods in line with The Balance of Good Health (Food Standards Agency, 2001), which in turn is based on the Government’s guidelines for a healthy diet.

A healthy balanced diet contains foods from all the major food groups including lots of fruit and vegetables, starchy staple foods such as wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereals; some protein-rich foods such as lean meats, fish, eggs and lentils; and some dairy foods, preferably of the lower fat variety.

Key message 1………Base meals on starchy foods

Key message 2………Eat lots of fruit and vegetables

Key message 3………Eat more fish

Key message 4………Cut down on saturated fat and sugar

Key message 5………Eat less salt – no more than 6g a day

Key message 6………Drink plenty of water

In conclusion

The fluoride in toothpaste serves to prevent, control and arrest caries.  The physical removal of plaque (debris/food remains) from teeth reduces the inflammatory response of the gingivae (gums) and its consequences.

Our smile club members are put through their teeth brushing paces as part of their entitlements.  All other clients can also access this service privately (please ask at the reception).

Prevention as a service (except for scale and polish) is not available under the National Health Service and quite honestly cost money.  It is however, a service worthwhile purchasing.

We do not have a contract to provide oral health promotion activities under the National Health Service at the moment.  This practice brochure is however provided as our contribution to promote good oral health awareness.

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