Oral Health Foundation

The Oral Health Foundation is an independent charity that along with our global arm, the International Dental Health Foundation, is dedicated to improving the oral health of the public by providing free and impartial dental advice, by running educational campaigns and by informing and influencing the public, profession and government on issues such as mouth cancer awareness and fluoridation.

To help keep your teeth and gums healthy we recommend three simple steps:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

To help those who have concerns or questions about their oral health, we run a Dental Helpline offering free dental advice to the public. The Helpline, which you can contact on 0845 063 1188 or helpline@dentalhealth.org, deals with a wide range of enquiries and has received more than 250,000 calls since its formation.

Throughout 2012, the Foundation is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

In the last year the British Dental Health Foundation has:

  • Provided direct advice to 20,000 members of the public that called the Dental Helpline.
  • Distributed over one million 'Tell Me About' patient information leaflets.
  • Successfully organised and ran the annual campaigns of National Smile Month (May 20 - June 20) and Mouth Cancer Action Month (throughout November).
  • Generated £1.8 million worth of press coverage for positive oral health information, with a circulation of over 238 million.
  • Saw over one million visitors come to their www.dentalhealth.org website.