Why the UK public need to take dental health more seriously

Despite the importance of oral health, too many people in the UK neglect their teeth and gums


The quest for parity of esteem between mental health and physical health in the NHS has become a major concern for society, and attitudes are slowly changing. But what about oral health?


The sense that it is “only teeth”, and somehow less important than other aspects of physical health, remains deeply entrenched. This is frustrating further progress in improving the nation’s oral health and threatens to undo the achievements of recent years.


Gum disease linked to cancers in older women

Unhealthy gums could put older women at significantly higher risk of developing many forms of deadly cancer, according to the findings of a ground-breaking new study.

The research, which looked at data from 65,000 post-menopausal women between the ages of 54 and 86, found those with a history of gum disease were 14% more likely to develop cancer.1

Of these, a one in three developed breast cancer while there was also a highly-increased risk of lung cancer, oesophageal, gall bladder and skin cancers. 

Don't let your child miss an NHS Dentist appointment

Faculty of Dental Surgery says ‘widespread misunderstanding’ among parents over when to visit dentist leads to children having to have rotten teeth removed.


Most toddlers do not visit the dentist because parents do not realise they need to have their children’s teeth checked, dental surgeons are warning. 


Teeth grinding may be a sign of bullying, study finds

Both children and adults tend to grind their teeth in their sleep when they are suffering from stress.


A leading health charity is alerting parents to be on the lookout for their children grinding their teeth, as its revealed to be one sign that their child could be being bullied.


New research has revealed that adolescents who suffer from bullying are far more likely to grind their teeth in their sleep, a sign which could help parents identify victimised children sooner.