Information for Public Health professionals

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.

For more information for front-line health and care staff to make the most of their trusted relationships with patients, families and communities to promote the benefits of good oral health for adults please click here and for child oral health please click here.

Last reviewed: 06/05/2022