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Oral health

Looking after your oral health is important and it's not just about keeping your teeth looking nice.

Oral health can have an impact on a wide range of different issues including nutrition, school attendance, sleep patterns and general health and wellbeing too.

Search for an NHS dentist close to you. You don't need to register with one in the same way as a GP.

If you need a dentist urgently, the NHS 111 service will help you find emergency dental treatment.

Healthwatch Derbyshire have some advice If you're finding it hard to get a dental appointment.

You can also find out more about how to care for your teeth, mouth and gums, at every stage of life.


Caring for your teeth, gums and oral health in pregnancy.

Babies and toddlers

How to look after your baby's teeth.

Derbyshire Family Health Service also has advice and help for looking after your 0 to 5-year-old's oral health.


NHS teething information.


Smile4Life is Derbyshire Community Health Service's supervised toothbrushing programme. It offers children the chance to have additional toothbrushing sessions, which help them to develop toothbrushing as a life skill.

If you work with young children in areas of deprivation where funded 2-year-old childcare is taken up, then you can register your interest in taking part.

Older children

The NHS has advice on taking care of your children's teeth.

Derbyshire Family Health Service also has advice and help about looking after your children's teeth.

The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry

The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) is the national society dedicated to improving the oral health of children from birth to 16.

You can find lots of advice on how to care for your children's teeth as they grow on their website.


There's plenty of advice about how healthy diets can help improve the health of your mouth.

And guidance on the best way to keep your mouth healthy, including how long to clean your teeth for, how often and what type of brush to use.

Find out how often to visit your dentist and why it is so important.


Smoking can damage your teeth. So stopping smoking will really benefit your oral health.

We offer free stop smoking support at Live Life Better Derbyshire, tel: 0800 085 2299.

The NHS has lots of tips to help you quit smoking.

Older adults

Support for oral health as you get older.

Help with dental costs

If you're on a low income or certain benefits then you might be eligible for the NHS Low Income Scheme. You can find out more about the scheme, as well as NHS dental charges on the NHS website.

People with learning disabilities and special needs

If you work with, or care for, someone with a learning disability then they may need some help with putting in place, and maintaining, a good oral health regime.

Find out more about dental care for people with special needs.

Special Smiles Programme

Derbyshire Community Health Service's Special Smiles Programme involves supervised toothbrushing to help reduce the risk of gum disease and dental decay, for children and young people who have additional needs.

The Oral Health Promotion Team

Derbyshire Community Health Service's Oral Health Promotion team work to improve the health of Derbyshire's teeth, gums and general mouth health.

They run specific programmes for looked after children, young people with additional needs and they also help to offer support and advice around older people's oral health too.

Find out more about the work of the oral health promotion team.

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