Approaches for local authorities and their partners to improve the oral health of their communities

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This guidance from NICE makes recommendations on undertaking oral health needs assessments, developing a local strategy on oral health and delivering community-based interventions and activities.

The recommendations aim to:

  • promote and protect oral health by improving diet and reducing consumption of sugary food and drinks, alcohol and tobacco
  • improve oral hygiene
  • increase the availability of fluoride (note: water fluoridation is outside the scope of this guideline)
  • encourage people to go to the dentist regularly
  • increase access to dental services.

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