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NHS dentistry and oral health update March 2023

By DTA | 16th March 2023 | News

An update rom Ali Sparke Director for Dentistry, Community Pharmacy and Optometry and Sara Hurley Chief Dental Officer England:

This World Oral Health Day, which is celebrated on Monday 20 March, dental practices across the world are invited to get involved by supporting, advising and promoting good oral health for people in their local area and on social media. There's an excellent suite of free resources to download that you can use to show your support for World Oral Health Day, including fact sheets, posters and social media materials.

World Oral Health Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness and promote the importance of oral health. Whilst empowering patients to take care of their oral health sits at the heart of prevention, it is the ability to access high quality care from local dental teams that remains a vital component in achieving good health and wellbeing.

Oral health is everyone's business and as we integrate care more through our work in integrated care systems (ICS), World Oral Health Day is also an ideal opportunity to continue the conversations with health and social care colleagues in your local communities, primary care networks, schools and early years settings. Together we can work to improve oral health prevention and outcomes.

Ali and Sara will be attending the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) show on the 24 and 25 March, where they will jointly deliver a keynote speech. There is also a CDO zone and they will be hosting a number of sessions on a wide range of topics, including the use of skill mix, leadership and career pathways, addressing inequalities and supporting high needs patients.

Full programme details are available on the BDIA Showcase website.

Read the full update.

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