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Oral Health 


Oral health is vital to your overall wellbeing. It is an important part of health and wellbeing. A healthy mouth enables us to eat, speak, smile and socialise without pain, discomfort or embarrassment.

On these pages we show you how easy it is to look after your oral health - including how to care for your teeth, gums and avoid unnecessary suffering.

We also highlight the support and services available to ensure you keep good oral health.

Dental disease and dental decay cause unnecessary pain and suffering to many of us. However, they are not an inevitable part of life and can be prevented by good oral hygiene and specifically by following the three key messages of oral health:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Try to limit the amount and the frequency of sugar intake.
  • Register with a dentist and attend regularly. 

For more advice on keeping your mouth healthy, visit the top tips page.

If you are looking to register with an NHS dentist you should call NHS Lanarkshire’s Primary Care Services. They have an up-to-date list of dentists who are accepting new NHS patients. The Primary Care Services number is 01698 245 181.

Remember, check ups are now FREE for all living in Scotland who are registered with an NHS dentist.

Link to the Service Finder tool