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Dental health

If you don’t like visiting the dentist, then following some basic tips will help keep your trips down to a minimum.

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  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a toothpaste containing 1450 ppm (parts per million) of fluoride. This information can be found on the back of the tube or box.

  • Spit – don’t rinse! By not rinsing, the fluoride from your toothpaste will be left in your mouth and will carry on working throughout the day or night.

  • Cut down on sugary food and drinks. If you can’t resist, have them with meals rather than as snacks

    Get more detailed information on keeping your teeth and mouth healthy on NHS Choices.

If you’re having problems finding an NHS dentist, you can:

Our community dental service

Our dental service provides specialised dental care and support for adults and children who are unable to be seen in a general dentist practice. This might be because you have:

  • Severe learning disabilities

  • Mental health issues

  • Medical complications

  • Behavioural difficulties

  • A phobia of dentistry and other special needs

We can also provide a service for people who are housebound, homeless or in prison.

Find out more about the service on our community dentistry page.

Related information

Read the Learning Disability Dental Passport 

Useful websites

NHS Choices (dental health)

Hampshire Dental Helpline