COVID-19: Taking care of your teeth and gums

This information supports you and your children to maintain good oral health and teeth. You can use the advice from the moment the first baby tooth erupts in to adulthood. Following the advice will help you to prevent pain and the need for tooth extraction.

There are some simple steps to help you to do that:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day: use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss between your teeth: Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth
  • Cut down on sugary foods and drinks: sugar causes tooth decay. It’s not just about the amount of sugar in sweet food and drinks, but how long and how often the teeth are in contact with sugar. For tips on how to cut down on the amount of sugar you eat, take a look at the healthy eating pages of the Healthy Somerset website here.
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle: this includes eating well, not smoking and limiting your alcohol and sugar intake. It’s good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums and mouth. Find out more here.
  • Brush baby teeth as soon as they come through: tips on how to look after baby teeth, including the importance of avoiding sweetened foods and drinks, can be found on the NHS website here

Dental services in Somerset

It is important that you register at a dentist and visit regularly. This is tricky to do during Covid-19 with restrictions to dentistry services, so it’s even more important  to follow the tips given above.

You can find your closest NHS dentist using the NHS ‘dentist finder’ here or find out more about local services on the Somerset Choices website here.

For advice and guidance on dental registration in your area, you can also call the Dental Helpline. The dental helpline is a service designed to offer dental advice and/or appointments for urgent dental treatment.

The dental helpline number is 0300 123 7691. Alternatively you can email dentist4u@sompar.nhs.uk

Family friendly resources

The NHS has got some useful advice on how to look after baby’s, children’s and young people’s teeth, including advice on how to cut down sugar in your child’s diet. Take a look here.

You can also watch a short video of Somerset’s own Sparky the Dragon with top oral health tips for children. Take a look below!

Online learning: oral health for adults and children

You can learn more about how to keep yours and your children’s teeth healthy for free online, using Somerset County Council’s e-learning courses.

You can login as a guest and access the courses here.