- Caries and periodontal diseases are the commonest human diseases - and both are preventable.
- The burden of these diseases is high and is increasing as the population ages.
- Dental professionals should be consulted regularly to prevent and treat caries and periodontal diseases effectively.
- Bleeding gums are not normal. Dental professionals should be consulted immediately.
- The oral healthcare team can advise on weight loss, smoking cessation, exercise, and controlling diabetes and glycaemia in general.
- Periodontal disease should be seen as an indicator of general health issues.
- Education for oral health should target children, mothers to be, new mothers, care home workers, and other caregivers.
- Oral health status in older individuals is influenced by their level of dependence, rather
than by their chronological age.
- Reducing sugar and starch intake levels and frequency is important in preventing periodontal disease and caries. Intake should be limited to mealtimes.
- Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste is essential and can also be supplemented with additional effective agents that reduce plaque, such as those found in mouthwash and toothpastes.
11 June 2020
Ten key ideas
Category: Core messages