This guidance provides evidence-based interventions and advice on how dental health professionals can improve and maintain the oral and general health of their patients.
Many of the risk factors for general health conditions also affect oral health, such as:
The guidance includes advice on how to prevent the main oral diseases dental caries, periodontal diseases, oral cancer and tooth wear (which can be found in chapter 2) with additional advice on:
the use of fluoride
brushing your teeth
eating a healthy balanced diet
stopping tobacco use
drinking within the lower risk alcohol guidelines
how to support behaviour change
The guidance is the result of a comprehensive review of published research evidence on prevention and draws on a UK wide collaboration of over 100 well respected experts including frontline dental teams and patient representatives.