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.

Seeing a dentist regularly is an important part of maintaining good oral health but also taking steps at home to protect your teeth from decay and gum disease. Practicing good oral hygiene by taking the following steps is recommended:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion each day with fluoride toothpaste;
  • Spit out after brushing but do not rinse to maintain fluoride concentration; and
  • Reduce the frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks.

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:

Area Contact
Hambleton and Richmondshire Lisa Brownbridge, oral health co-ordinator on 01609 764109
Harrogate, Skipton and Settle Christine Batty, oral health co-ordinator on 01423 889745
Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Gillian Rosser, dental therapist on 01723 380542
Selby and York Nicky Hilaby, oral health co-ordinator on 01904 725422

Access to urgent dental care

If you are registered with an NHS dental practice and require urgent treatment, please contact the practice direct during normal working hours. For out of hours advice and assistance please phone NHS 111.

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