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Hello, and welcome to the very latest edition of Word of Mouth.

I’m delighted to announce to registration process for Mouth Cancer Action Month is now open. Running throughout November, the annual campaign to raise awareness of the disease needs your support. Details on how to register can be found on page 6.

Ever since the British Dental Health Foundation was established more than 40 years ago, it has been built on three key messages for good oral health. Brushing teeth for two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down how often you have sugary foods and drinks and visiting the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, may not sound a lot, but there are plenty who give even these most basic of messages the brush off. Read just how many people do this on page 8.

Speaking of toothbrushes, it is clear that once they are no longer fit for purpose, we are very creative with what we do with them. From jewellery to shoes, there are plenty of things you can do with your old toothbrush, and take your pick from the suggestions on page 9.

There has been no escaping the discussion about sugars and their role in health problems in the UK. One of the main sources is of course sugary drinks, with many leading brands taking steps to reduce the sugar content of drinks. Instead of sugary drinks, we take a closer look at a less harmful drinks for your teeth on page 10.

I’m also delighted to announce the launch of the Foundation’s new web shop, Educating Smiles. The colourful, vibrant site showcases everything the Foundation has to offer, and you can find out more about the shop in our feature.

One of our most charitable activities is the National Dental Helpline. Staffed with fully trained nurses, our two minutes twice a day features looks at what the helpline can do for you on page 14.

Kate Middleton’s announcement that she was expecting a second child was greeted with joy across the nation, and it gives us a chance to talk to mums-to-be about how they can look after their own and their child’s oral health. With growing links between what happens in the mouth and what happens in the womb, our facts and tips on page 16 are a fascinating read.

Enjoy the issue and we will see you for a very special edition in October.

Word of Mouth - Issue 23 - September 2014 Cover Photo


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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