The blog entry was originally posted on the British Dental Health Foundation Blog Section.

Hello, welcome and Happy New Year!

Word of Mouth is back and we’re looking to start 2015 with a bang. In the first issue of the year, and as the UK’s leading oral health charity, we have made 12 pledges for the year ahead, all of which will help us to achieve our charitable objectives.

As part of New Year’s resolutions we take time out to look at the gym-goers best friend – sports and energy drinks. They may help to push you that extra mile, but many people remain unaware of the damage they do to teeth.

Speaking of resolutions, Dry January is an opportunity for many people to detox after the over-indulgence. It’s also a time where people can find out about the dangers of alcohol, one of which is mouth cancer. Director of Operations Sharon Broom gives us her take on why people should kick the bottle to the kerb.

New British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy President Michaela ONeill helps to talk us through how children can start school the right way. It doesn’t matter whether it’s after the Christmas break or looking forward to your child starting in September, Michaela offers some excellent advice for parents and pupils alike.

And to round off January’s super healthy edition, I takes a look at five of the best super foods for teeth.

Enjoy the issue and we will see you next month.

Download: Word of Mouth January 2015

Word of Mouth January 2015 British Dental Health Foundation front cover of the monthly online magazine featuring 12 pledges as a leading oral health charity, two minutes twice a day, National Smile Month 2015 is back.


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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