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Information for Public Health professionals

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Dental health is important for general health and wellbeing. Poor dental health can affect someone’s ability to eat, speak, smile and socialise normally, for example, due to pain or social embarrassment.

Many of the risk factors – diet, oral hygiene, smoking, alcohol, stress and trauma – are the same as for many chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Therefore interventions to improve oral health will also improve general health.

Last reviewed: 30/08/2019