Looking after your mouth and oral health is important in preventing gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss and oral cancer.

Tooth decay is the most common reason for young children be admitted into hospital and very common in adults, leading to loss of permanent teeth. You can prevent tooth decay and help keep your mouth healthy by following a few simple steps…

Know your dentist

All children should have visited the dentist by the age of one.

Everyone should regularly visit their dentist, they will look in your mouth and check for any signs of infection, this is important even if you have no teeth!

If you don’t not have a dentist…NHS choices have addresses of local NHS practices.

Best brushing tips

You should brush for 2 minutes twice a day, before you go to bed and at one other time in the day.

Rinsing with water after brushing your teeth washes away the toothpaste that keeps your teeth strong so remember to spit and do not rinse.

You should use fluoride toothpaste (1350 – 1500 parts per million fluoride (ppm) fluoride) which will help keep the teeth strong and prevents decay. Your dentist may prescribe a high fluoride toothpaste.


The sugar found in sugary drinks, including fruit juice can cause tooth decay as well as being a key factor to increasing obesity and diabetes.

The acid found in all soft drinks, including diet and ‘no added sugar’ may cause tooth damage.

If you choose sugary or diet drinks have these with meals, as the extra saliva produced while you chew has a protective effect on your teeth.

Mouth Cancer- Cut your risk factors

The main risk factors for mouth cancer are alcohol and smoking or using smokeless tobacco. Limit your alcohol intake to below 14 units per week.

If you would like help to stop smoking or to reduce your alcohol intake speak to your dentist or contact the Knowsley Health Hub (details on the right)

You can't beat water!

Water is free! Try and drink still water only as this is the only drink which does not have any sugar in and will not harm your teeth.

General Health and your mouth

For help and advice on your general health and wellbeing contact the Healthy Knowsley Hub on 0800 0731 202 or 0151 289 9555.


If you would like support with your oral health, contact your dentist, or call the Wellness Hub on 0800 0731 202 or 0151 289 9555. Or if you would prefer someone to contact you, simply complete the Hub referral form

If you require urgent dental care please contact your dentist or call the dental helpline on 0161 476 9651 from 9am-9.30pm everyday.

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Tel : 0800 0731 202 or 0151 289 9555
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