Oral health toolkit now updated

AN updated version of the Delivering Better Oral Health toolkit from Public Health England (PHE) now includes new patient factsheets and guidance on alcohol and nutrition.

The evidence-based toolkit is designed to help dental teams support patients in improving and maintaining their dental and general health. It was developed with input from a working group, including the BDA.

The information has been revised to reflect new healthy eating advice based on the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's evidence review on carbohydrates and health, and the Chief Medical Officer for England's new guidelines on lower risk drinking. The alcohol section is supported by a new online training module covering the knowledge and skills needed to deliver brief advice on alcohol consumption.

The toolkit also includes new factsheets aimed at patients, summarising the key actions for oral health improvement in adults and children.