Oral Health

Good oral health enables us to eat, speak and socialize without pain or embarrassment. It is a fundamental part of general health and wellbeing, exerting a direct influence on quality of life. 

Whilst oral health in Scotland has improved in recent years, our track record remains poor compared to other areas of the UK. This is particularly apparent in children, with over 60% of those in Grampian already exhibiting some form of dental decay by the time they reach 12 years of age.

In Grampian we are working together to raise awareness of the benefits of good oral health and in doing so,hope to improve the oral health of the next generation.  The Scottish Executive’s Action Plan for improving oral health and modernising NHS Dental Services was produced in March 2005 and from this a local plan was devised, the NHS Grampian Dental Plan 2020, to take forward these initiatives, including:

There are many things that we can do that will help improve both our oral and general health including:

  • Keep sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes only
  • Brush twice a day and replace your brush regularly
  • Use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
  • Use a circular brushing motion
  • Brush for two minutes 
  • Spit out your toothpaste and don’t rinse your mouth after brushing 
  • Visit your dentist regularly

How to find a dentist

There are practices in Grampian registering new adult and child NHS patients. If you would like details of these practices, please call the Dental Information and Advice Line (DIAL) on 0345 45 65 990. DIAL is available between 8.05am to 5.45pm Monday to Friday and can also answer any questions about dental services or treatment and can help if you have an urgent dental problem.

If you need to access emergency dental treatment out with DIAL hours, this is done through NHS 24 by telephoning 111.

Regular dental check ups are particularly important for young people while their teeth are developing. DIAL can help with advice about registering your child with a dental practice and NHS dental treatment is free for all children under 18 years of age.

More information and contacts

For more information about oral health improvement in Grampian please contact:

Karen Tosh, Oral Health Improvement Co-ordinator
(01224) 558524
e-mail: k.tosh@nhs.net  

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