Healthy Living Pharmacy: Holding an awareness event/campaign on oral health
Published on: 12th April 2017 | Updated on: 1st June 2022
This page contains links to resources and information which pharmacy teams may wish to consider using when planning a health promotion event/campaign focussing on oral health.
This page is ‘work in progress’ and will continue to be updated.
Click on a heading below for more information.
The below tool can be used to gather information to establish the level of oral health in the local area:
- Public Health England – Oral Health Profile: The indicators contained within this oral health profile will support professionals to focus on and prioritise oral health and oral health improvement initiatives, particularly among young children and vulnerable adults.
- Communicating with patients page on the Community Pharmacy England website
- Healthy Living Pharmacies page on the Community Pharmacy England website
- Community Pharmacy England Briefing 032/19: Healthy Living Pharmacy – Holding a health promotion event/campaign
- Community Pharmacy England Briefing 010/17: Updated NHS Identity Guidelines – NHS logo use by pharmacies
|British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy|
|Oral Health Foundation|
|Royal Society for Public Health|
|Child oral health impact pathway|
- National Smile Month – Facts and figures
- Public Health England – Health matters: child dental health
- Public Health England – Oral health survey of 5-year old children: 2014 to 2015
- BMJ Learning – Motivational interviewing in brief consultations
- e-Learning for Healthcare – Improving Mouth Care
- e-Learning for Healthcare – Making Every Contact Count e-learning
- e-Learning for Healthcare – Population Wellbeing Portal
- Health Education England – Dental factsheets
- P3 – Public health awareness campaigns with impact (requires log-in)
- Solent NHS Trust – Oral Health Promotion E-Learning
A simple routine can help prevent most dental problems:
- brushing teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste;
- cleaning between the teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss at least once a day;
- good eating habits – having sugary foods and drinks less often; and
- regular dental check-ups.
Although most people brush regularly, many don’t clean between their teeth and some people don’t have regular dental check-ups. A few small changes in someone’s daily routine can make a big difference in the long term. A dental team can remove any build-up on teeth and treat any gum disease that has already appeared. But daily dental care is up to an individual, and the main tools are the toothbrush, toothpaste and interdental cleaning (cleaning between your teeth).
- Consider linking oral health campaign to Public Health England’s sugar awareness campaign, as the two topics are linked
- Speak to local dental practices to enquire if they are also running a health promotion event, or if there are any props/materials you can borrow to display in the pharmacy
- e-Learning for Healthcare – All Our Health programme
- Facebook – Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Community
- Health Education England – Making Every Contact Count