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Keep a healthy smile

To help you and your family keep a healthy smile this website covers the key oral health issues for all stages of life. Please use the menu on the left to access a particular area of interest.

The three main factors that are important for good oral health are:

Healthy snacks at childcareDiet:

  • Foods and drinks that contain high levels of added and natural sugar contribute to tooth decay.
  • The more often sugary foods and drinks are eaten the more likely you are to experience tooth decay.


  • Fluoride protects teeth against tooth decay.
  • Water fluoridation is the most effective way to allow everybody to have access to fluoride.
  • Both children and adults benefit from water fluoridation.
  • The beneficial effect of water fluoridation is additional to that of fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Fluoride supplements do not provide the same benefit as water fluoridation.

Self care:

  • Twice daily tooth brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush will help protect against tooth decay.
  • To have a healthy smile, maintain a healthy diet by drinking plenty of tap water, limiting sugary foods and drinks and by choosing healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables and cheese.
  • Drink fluoridated water if it is available to help strengthen your teeth.
  • Regular dental check-ups and care are important for oral health.
Last updated: 11 November 2013