This guideline covers improving oral health by developing and implementing a strategy that meets the needs of people in the local community. It aims to promote and protect people’s oral health by improving their diet and oral hygiene, and by encouraging them to visit the dentist regularly.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- prioritising, assessing and promoting oral health
- giving information and advice on oral health
- commissioning training and oral health promotion services
- oral health interventions in early years services
- oral health interventions in primary schools
Who is it for?
- Health and wellbeing boards, commissioners and directors of public health
- Consultants in dental public health
- Frontline practitioners working more generally in health, social care and education
- Members of the public
Is this guideline up to date?
Next review: To be scheduled
Guideline development process
This guideline was previously called oral health: approaches for local authorities and their partners to improve the oral health of their communities.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.