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Oral health promotion strategy

Oral health is defined by the World Health Organisation as “a state of being free from chronic mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral sores, birth defects such as cleft lip and palate, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay and tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that affect the oral cavity”.

We have worked with our partners to develop an oral health promotional strategy for the area. Oral health promotion is any planned effort to build supportive policies, create supportive environments, strengthen community action, develop personal skills or re-orientate health and social services in the pursuit of oral health goals. We have also included a focus on preventing tooth decay. Tooth decay leads to destruction of the tooth surface, which in turn leads to holes, tooth loss, pain and infection.

Our Oral Health Promotion Strategy, in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and North Somerset councils, aims to improve oral health and reduce inequalities by endorsing five strategic priorities:

  • Promote oral health through healthier food and drink choices
  • Promote oral health by improving levels of oral hygiene
  • Improve population exposure to fluoride
  • Improve early detection, and treatment, of oral diseases
  • Reduce inequalities in oral health

The strategy provides a clear framework to support local delivery plans to direct oral health promotion activity.

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