Oral Health Promotion Team

Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life.

Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life.  It is a state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing (World Health Organisation, 2017).

Poor oral health in childhood has a significant impact on children and families, with tooth decay being the most common reason for 6 to 10 year olds being admitted to hospital to have teeth removed.

Who we are

The Oral Health Promotion Team sits within Community and Children’s Directorate. The team are commissioned to deliver oral health promotion throughout Hull and Sunderland and provide training for professionals in health, education and care provision.

What we do

  • Evidenced-based supervised toothbrushing programme for selected schools in Hull and Sunderland.  This is an initiative aimed at reducing the prevalence of tooth decay by increasing exposure to fluoride for children.
  • Training programme – provides designated training for residential care home staff (Hull only), health professionals and staff working with children and babies.

Contact us: Oral Health Promotion Team

Orchard Centre, First Floor, 210 Orchard Park Road, HULL, HU6 9BX.

Email: hdft.oralhealth@nhs.net

For more information on keeping your/your child’s mouth healthy:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/take-care-of-your-teeth-and-gums/

For more information about Oral Health please visit:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/teens

https://www.dentalhealth.org/