Tooth Decay

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Tooth decay is largely preventable

We often think of decay as a childhood disease – and often it is. But children are not the only ones that are at risk. Many adults, especially older adults, develop decay on the root surfaces of teeth. Tooth decay can affect anyone with teeth – no matter their age.

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Guide for parents of children with autism
Both can be found here at the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry.
Dental check up by 1 year old
All children should have their first dental check by their first birthday – find out more here.


toothbrushing habit
Another great resource developed by the team at Leeds University which aims to develop healthy habits can be found at Toothbrushinghabit here.

childsmile oral health advice
A great resource for information for parents of young children is Scotland’s Child Smile programme. You can find their information for parents and carers here

The amount and frequency of sugar intake is a major risk for tooth decay. Find out more about sugar here

Poor saliva flow (a common side effect of medications), increases the risk of tooth decay. Find out more about dry mouth here

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Mouth care for older people resources for carers can be found here at the British Society of Gerodontology

Mouth care cancer treatment
Tooth decay can be a consequence of cancer treatments. Learn more about mouth care during cancer treatment from Jocelyn Harding at Brushupuk here.
BrushupUK has other resources you may find helpful here.

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