Promoting oral health

Oral Health Improvement Service

Public Health commission an Oral Health Improvement Service led by Somerset Partnership NHS. This is a universal service offering health promotion advice and resources for schools in addition to a more targeted offer.


The service includes the distribution of toothbrushes and toothpaste at the 12 month health review undertaken by Health Visitors. The service also offers fluoride varnish application in targeted early years settings and also a supervised tooth brushing scheme for special schools and targeted groups. Resources are also available to support mainstream settings.









National Smile Month

     15th May – 15th June 2017






National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health. Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. These are:


  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste

  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks

  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend 

The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions.


In 2015/16 the number of Somerset registered children (aged 0-19) admitted to hospital for dental extraction was  544, of these 220 were aged 9 and below.


Please see the link below for information on how to register, get involved and download resources:



Free e-learning - Oral Health Promotion


Somerset County Council are working with Somerset Partnership’s Oral Health Improvement Service to develop training for people in Somerset working with adults and/or children and young people. The training will launch Summer 2017.  

To register your interest contact: Emily Hutt  


Somerset residents


For advice and guidance on dental registration in your area, call the Dental Helpline: The dental helpline is a service designed to offer dental advice and/or appointments for urgent dental treatment - See more at:


The dental helpline number is 0300 123 7691.  Alternatively you can email:


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