Over 40 professionals with an interest in oral health promotion from across the East of England have attended a study day, ‘Oral Health – The Gateway to Better Health’. Organised by the Oral Health Improvement Team from Community Dental Services, the day provided a learning platform for oral health improvement.
Delegates represented a wide skills mix of health professionals including school nurses, dietitians, dental personnel and public health; demonstrating that a healthy mouth is the gateway to a healthy body and can improve general health and well-being.
The aim of the day was to educate, network and develop regional links for oral health improvement and clinical professionals. CDS’s Oral Health Improvement team will be setting up a regional network as a result of the day.
Hosted by CDS Chair, Sue Gregory, topics covered included the many different aspects of oral health including oral cancer, HPV and sexual health and oral health in the context of dementia. The event was sponsored by Dental Workforce Development, Health Education England.
CDS Chair, Sue Gregory said: “Promoting good oral health practices amongst a wide range of professional colleagues is so important; oral health impacts on many other areas of health and well-being and we have an obligation to raise awareness of that. It is fantastic to see so many people attending and I’m delighted that CDS can act as a catalyst to develop a strong oral health network so we can collectively raise awareness around oral health and encourage best practice.”
It was also the opportunity to share current good practice and innovative work from around the region with discussion ranging from fluoride varnishing, tooth brushing programme and providing better oral health care for older adults and adults with learning disabilities.
Feedback indicated that the delegates would like more of this type of study day.