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Oral health

Information and resources to improve oral health and reduce inequalities in England.

Surveys and intelligence: toolkits and guides

Documentation and resources to support the National Dental Epidemiology Programme (NDEP) oral health surveys.

Surveys and intelligence: children

These child oral health reports show findings from the PHE (now the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID)) dental epidemiology programme by local population. You will also find resources for fieldwork teams on the collection of oral health information.

Survey data of 5-year-old children from 2012 and 2008 are held in the archive.

K-Hub hosts the most recent local authority profiles of 5-year-old children.

The Child Dental Health Survey, carried out every 10 years, is a useful reference of changes in the oral health of children.

Surveys and intelligence: adults

These adult oral health reports show findings from the National Dental Epidemiology Programme, which is coordinated by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID). You will also find resources for fieldwork teams on the collection of oral health information.

Surveys and intelligence: adult oral health surveys

National Adult Oral Health Surveys are carried out every 10 years. These surveys have taken place since 1968 and reference changes in oral health in the adult population.

These surveys are now published by OHID. The previous Adult Oral Health Survey was published in 2009 by NHS Digital.

The Health Survey for England 2019: supplementary analysis of dental health contains a report and analysis of dental health questions commissioned for the survey by PHE (now the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID)).

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) now hosts the latest release of the dental prescribing dashboard.

Improvement: toolkits and guides

Improvement: children

Child oral health promotion now forms part of the early years foundation stage framework.

The interactive townscape on child oral health provides evidence and guidance to help health and social care professionals to improve child oral health and reduce oral health inequalities in England.

The PHE tooth brushing toolkit was developed as result of the 4Children tooth brushing feasibility report.

PHE’s latest campaign includes Change4Life Top Tips for Teeth toolkit for dental professionals.

The Tackling poor oral health in children guide explains local government’s role in reducing poor oral health in children.

The Healthy Child Programme e-learning resources for healthcare professionals include sessions on oral health.

Improvement: adults

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard: oral health in care homes describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

The NICE oral and dental health page includes all other related guidance, NICE Pathways and quality standards.

The alcohol e-learning resource for healthcare professionals includes a module for dental teams.

Improvement: water fluoridation

Dental healthcare public health and health protection

Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-ray Equipment sets out standards for the safe use of x-ray equipment within dental practice.

Water Safety Advice for Dental Practices provides information and resources to help prevent Legionella infections in water systems following a sustained dental practice closure.

NHS England commissioning guides and standards support the transformation of dental services and the commissioning of consistent patient-centred dental services.

Updates to this page

Published 4 February 2019
Last updated 8 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Link added to 2023 report of hospital tooth extractions

  2. Link added for oral health survey of year 6 children

  3. Added link to Adult Oral Health Survey 2021 Removed link to "dental access during COVID" because that link is now in the Adult Oral Health Survey landing page

  4. Link added for oral health survey of 5 year olds 2023 to 2024 - survey toolkit Links removed for previous protocols for Year 6 (2022 to 2023) and five year olds (2021 to 2022).

  5. Link added in 'Improvement: Children' section for oral health promotion as part of the early years foundation stage framework.

  6. Added link to "oral health survey of 5 year olds 2022" to "Surveys and intelligence: children" section

  7. Added 'Hospital tooth extractions in 0 to 19 year olds: 2022' to the 'Related intelligence' section.

  8. Added 'The impact of COVID-19 on access to dental care' to the 'Surveys and intelligence: Adult Oral Health Surveys' section.

  9. New link to latest dental prescribing dashboard added to the 'Related intelligence' section.

  10. Updated to add 'Oral health survey of children in year 6, 2022 to 2023: survey toolkit' in 'Surveys and intelligence: children' section; and 'Oral health survey guidance' to a new group 'Surveys and intelligence: toolkits and guides'.

  11. Link added to "Hospital tooth extractions of 0 to 19 year olds 2021" in the "Related Intelligence" section

  12. Added link to interactive townscape for child oral health in the "Improvement: children" section.

  13. Added link to 'Water fluoridation: health monitoring report for England 2022' publication in the 'Improvement: water fluoridation' section.

  14. Added link to dental data from Health Survey For England (2019) in the 'Related Intelligence' section and changed email address to dentalphintelligence@dhsc.gov.uk.

  15. Added Oral health survey of 5 year old children: national protocol.

  16. Updated page summary.

  17. Added links to 'Oral health survey of 3 year olds 2020' and 'Inequalities in oral health in England'.

  18. Added new links to 'Prison dental services in England and Wales: 2014 survey' and 'Water fluoridation: health monitoring report for England 2014'.

  19. Added 'Adult oral health in care homes: toolkit'.

  20. Added link to Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-ray Equipment.

  21. Added 'COVID-19: supervised toothbrushing programmes'.

  22. Added 'COVID-19: mouth care for patients with a confirmed or suspected case'.

  23. Added Oral health survey of adults attending dental practices 2018.

  24. Added Water safety advice for dental practices.

  25. Added Oral cancer in England to Related intelligence section.

  26. Added 'Oral health survey of 5-year-old children 2019'.

  27. Added link to consultation.

  28. Added 'Improving oral health: guideline development manual'.

  29. Added 'Oral health survey of 3 year old children: fieldwork protocol' document.

  30. Added 'Oral care and people with learning disabilities' guidance.

  31. Following feedback from users, the link to K-Hub has now been added to the collections page.

  32. Added 'Urgent Dental Care in England review' and 'Safeguarding in General Dental Practice'.

  33. First published.