The British Dental 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, 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 website.

Oral Health Foundation

The Oral Health Foundation is a charity that works to improve oral health by providing education, advice, and support to millions of people every year, changing lives for the better. Our mission is to support others in achieving a healthier life through better oral health. Our vision is to live in a world where everybody has a healthy mouth and is free of dental disease. Poor oral health can have a harmful and devastating effect on a person’s life – both for their physical health and mental wellbeing. We are determined to help more people achieve good oral health and have a better quality of life. Sadly, oral disease remains common, across the life course. We are taking the challenge to reduce the harm caused by poor oral health and the responsibility to create a healthier future for everybody. We do this because we believe that everybody deserves to have good oral health. To make sure this happens, by 2024, we will:

    • Work towards decreasing the prevalence of oral disease across communities.
    • Increase the number of people accessing our help and information services.
    • Diversify our range of resources to reach more communities.
    • Successfully campaign for policies which help people achieve healthier lives.
    • Generate new and nurture existing income streams that enable us to deliver our charitable objectives.

We are going to achieve success by:

    • Running awareness campaigns like National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month.
    • Giving anybody who needs it direct support through our Dental Helpline.
    • Influencing policy on subjects like dental access, sugar, and tobacco.
    • Providing consumer advice on oral health care products and working alongside manufacturers to make sure products do what they claim to do.
    • Creating resources and information that communicates positive oral health messages.
    • Working alongside others who share our passion for health and wellbeing.

To find out more about us, visit our website at

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