Information and Resources for Public Health Professionals

Dental health is important for general health and wellbeing. Poor dental health can affect a person's ability to eat, speak, smile and socialise normally. This could be due to pain or social embarrassment.

Diet, oral hygiene, smoking, alcohol, stress and trauma, many of the risk factors 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.

Front-line health and care staff have trusted relationships with patients, families and communities. For more information for to promote the benefits of good oral health, see the below resources:

Useful resources