Tooth decay is a major health concern worldwide and is a continuing problem in the UK. Each time you have a sugary food and drink, the bacteria in plaque produce acid that attacks teeth. Brushing your teeth thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste is one of the most effective ways of preventing tooth decays. A range of tooth pastes are available containing different levels of fluoride, however it is recommended you use a toothpaste containing 1,350 to 1,500ppm which can be found on the side of the toothpaste tube.
Additionally to prevent tooth decay:
- A adult must brush a child teeth until they at the age of seven years old, then a child can do it themselves
- Brush morning after breakfast and night-time before bed for at least 2 minutes
- Register with a dentist and have regular dental checks
- Encourage teeth brushing at an early age
Details of how to find an NHS dentist and the details of other dental services in Liverpool can be obtained by calling Healthwatch Liverpool on 0300 7777 007
To access emergency dental care and/or advice please call the Out of Hours Emergency Dental Triage Service on 0161 476 9651.
For further information and resources please visit our Dental Service.