Oral health

How to look after your teeth

To ensure your teeth remain healthy or to prevent further disease, follow this simple advice.

  • Keep sugary foods and drinks  to mealtimes (no sugar between meals)
  • The only safe drinks between meals are water and milk
  • Only eat Safe Snacks  in-between meals
  • Brush your teeth carefully twice a day with a toothpaste containing at least 1350ppm of fluoride
  • After brushing, just spit out. Don’t rinse. That way the fluoride stays in your mouth to help fight decay for longer
  • Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly


We provide an Oral health promotion service which targets specific groups with known high risk of dental disease, providing topical fluoride application, dental health advice, education and instruction for carers and staff, and toothbrushes and toothpaste for certain special needs childrens’ centres.

Futher information

For further information and help with training please contact the Oral Health Promotion office on 01278 773180 or OHPOffice@sompar.nhs.uk.

ZING Somerset - Healthy Eating

The Oral Health Promotion Team is commissioned to deliver “Provision of an All-Age Oral Health Improvement Service in Somerset for Children and Young People and Adults at increased risk of poor oral health”. One way we can tackle this is by reducing the frequency of sugars in the diet.

ZING - Healthy Eating ZING Somerset's website - Healthy Eating

Free e-Learning

Do you care for or support adults, young people or children? If so, you can access 2 free online e-Learning modules from The Learning Centre on this link.  Please log in as a guest and follow the directions to access. There is an opportunity to have this learning certificated by emailing your details when specified on completion of the learning.