The Oral Well being Basis is an impartial charity (not for revenue) devoted to enhancing oral well being and wellbeing around the globe. For greater than 45 years now we have continued to offer skilled, impartial and neutral recommendation on all facets of oral well being on to those that want it most.

We work intently with governments, dental and well being professionals, producers, the dental commerce, nationwide and native companies and the general public, to realize our mission of addressing the inequalities which exist in oral well being, altering individuals’s lives for the higher.

Shaped in 1971, the idea of preventive dentistry and the advantages which may ensue from it have been then very new and being practiced by solely a small proportion of the dental career. The founding fathers of the Oral Well being Basis wished to see the preventive message that ‘Tooth are for Life’ unfold as extensively as attainable, with the intention of enhancing the general oral well being of everybody.

Listed below are among the main challenges we face:

  • To enhance oral healthcare and promote apply in good oral hygiene.
  • To extend the awareness of mouth cancer and cut back mortality charges by way of early detection and the altering of way of life habits.
  • To see the addition of fluoride to consuming water.
  • To extend the variety of individuals visiting a dentist frequently.
  • To proceed to be a profitable impartial provider of oral well being promotional materials to the well being neighborhood.

Our work to enhance the state of the oral well being and wellbeing consists of:

Assist and help

For over 20 years now we have run a Dental Helpline from our head workplace within the UK. Our Dental Helpline is a really charitable service and the essential work by our specialists continues to make a distinction to public and professionals alike, proving a useful useful resource in educating the general public on a variety of dental and oral well being associated issues.

Our crew has dealt with greater than 350,000 enquiries to this point, giving a variety of individuals with various wants, trusted recommendation and reassurance from everywhere in the world.

Academic sources

As a charity, we offer top quality info and oral hygiene merchandise to well being professionals in all places. We’ve over 7,000 prospects from dental surgical procedures, well being centres, hospitals and schooling centres, providing a variety of greater than 500 merchandise which provide worth and high quality to professionals looking for oral well being schooling and motivational supplies for his or her sufferers and their local people.

Though most of our instructional sources are used within the UK, our oral well being merchandise are more and more used abroad. Our affected person info translated into 9 different world languages and distributed all through Europe and the Arabian peninsula.

We additionally provide oral well being supplies for the Dental Defence Service, going to troops and repair personnel all around the globe. We ship tens of hundreds of a lot wanted oral hygiene merchandise yearly to greater than 30 international locations together with Germany, Cyprus and Iraq.

Campaigns and initiatives

We organise and run two annual campaigns within the UK, National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month, along with school-based programmes like Dental Buddy. We use these campaigns to unfold public consciousness of oral well being points through the press whereas encouraging the well being career to be extra lively in schooling and oral well being promotion of their native communities.

These campaigns have additionally grown abroad. We’ve helped well being our bodies and organisations in Eire, the USA of America and the Center East, all conduct their very personal Nationwide Smile Month. We’ve additionally assisted oral well being associations in japanese Europe organise devoted mouth most cancers campaigns.  

Our membership to the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe additionally places us in a key place to advertise oral well being and the cost-effective prevention of oral illnesses in Europe. The group seeks a standard European strategy in the direction of schooling, prevention and entry to raised oral well being in Europe

Client confidence

For greater than 25 years, now we have helped the dental career and members of the general public make knowledgeable selections about which oral care merchandise they purchase. Our Approved Products Schemes offers us the chance to offer individuals with info, safety and schooling concerning which oral well being merchandise they purchase, and ensures that the advertising claims made by producers are reliable and backed up by scientific proof.

We’re proud that our Accepted Merchandise Scheme is now the most important of its sort on this planet, with greater than 150 merchandise spanning throughout greater than 50 international locations.

Altering our title

In April 2016, we modified our title from British Dental Health Foundation to Oral Health Foundation, to raised signify our rising physique of labor globally. The brand new title additionally signalled the shift in terminology over the previous couple of many years from ‘dental well being’ to ‘oral well being’ – a time period which is much extra all-encompassing and actually highlights that the well being of our mouth is about greater than our tooth.