Taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums with good oral and dental hygiene can help to prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion each day with fluoride toothpaste. Spit the toothpaste out but don't rinse.
  • Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque.
  • Cut down on sugar, eat well, don't smoke, limit alcohol - it's good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums and mouth.
  • Brush baby teeth as soon as they come through, with a smear of fluoride toothpaste on a baby toothbrush.
  • Have regular dental check-ups - detecting problems early means they are easier to treat.

Finding a dentist

Everyone should be able to access good-quality NHS dental services. 

Simply find a dental practice that's convenient for you, whether it's near your home or work, and phone them to see if there are any appointments available. 

If after contacting several dental practices you still can't find a dentist accepting NHS patients, you should call NHS England on 0300 311 2233

Local services and support

The North Yorkshire and York oral health promotion service is delivered by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. For more information about the service or help and advice please contact the North Yorkshire oral health co-ordinator on 01609 764109.

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