Looking after your teeth
Did you know that looking after your teeth is essential for your overall health? Dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease not only affect your teeth, they can also have a serious impact on your general health and wellbeing.
To prevent gum disease and tooth decay, it's important to fully brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for about two minutes (your toothpaste should contain at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm) fluoride and you'll find this information on the tube or box). This will help stop the build up of plaque, which contributes to dental problems, keeping your teeth and mouth healthy.
If you've got dentures (false teeth), it's still important to make sure you clean them properly, as you would with normal teeth, to keep them and your mouth healthy.
To find out more about how to keep your teeth clean and the health risks of gum disease, take a look at the NHS website.
If you'd like to know more about having a healthier lifestyle, including healthy eating, stopping smoking or reducing your alcohol intake, all of which can benefit both your oral and general healthiness, visit our keeping well, staying healthy section.
It's important to have regular check-ups with your dentist, so don't put off going, as detecting any problems early can mean they're easier to treat. Find a dentist near you via the NHS website.
If you have a dental emergency which requires urgent treatment, there are a number of dental access centres around the county. To find out more, visit the Wye Valley NHS Trust website.
Children's dental care
To find out more about how to look after children's teeth, download one of the below Making Every Contact Count (MECC) dental health leaflets in English, Lithuanian or Polish...