A WEB-SITE aimed at providing advice on maintaining oral and dental health has been launched in Dumfries and Galloway.
The website aims to provide essential information, practical advice, and authoritative resources to support individuals in maintaining their oral health. This is important at any time, but particularly during these challenging times of NHS dentist shortages.
Director of Dentistry Alison Milne said: “We understand the frustrations faced by our community members who are unable to access dental services easily.
“While we are working closely with colleagues at Scottish Government and local dentists to improve access to NHS dental services, we also recognise the importance of reminding local people of the steps they can take to maintain their oral health.
“Through this new website, we want to equip individuals with the knowledge and resources needed to maintain their oral health until they can receive professional dental care.
“Prevention and education are key, and we hope that this website will support people to take control of their oral health and make informed decisions.
“By sharing knowledge and guidance, we aim to ensure that everyone has the tools they need to care for their smiles and overall well-being.”
The new website serves as a valuable resource, offering guidance on oral health maintenance, recognising dental problems and signposting to additional trusted sources of information.
The website provides practical advice on maintaining oral health, including proper brushing and flossing techniques, the importance of healthy eating habits, and the benefits of avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. It also guides individuals in recognising common dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections. In case of dental emergencies, the website offers essential information on managing severe toothache, broken or knocked-out teeth, and the necessary steps to take while awaiting professional care.
Alison Milne said: “As we continue to work with Scottish Government colleagues to address challenges around access to NHS dental services, we want to do all we can to help people in caring for their oral and dental health.
“We encourage everyone to explore the website and utilise the available resources to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent dental problems.”
The website also offers a range of additional resources to further assist the community.
Visitors can access up-to-date information on the availability of NHS dental services in the region through NHS Inform.
The Oral Health Foundation and the British Dental Association are trusted sources of information, providing educational materials, fact sheets, and guidelines on oral health.
For urgent concerns, the Dental Helpline at NHS 24 is available to provide advice and guide individuals to appropriate dental services.
Alison Milne said: “Although we believe that the new website is a welcome and positive resource, it does not replace the need for professional dental care.
“If you are registered with a dentist we encourage individuals to seek regular check-ups as they are able to do so, and to consult with dental professionals for personalised advice and treatment.
“If someone who is not registered with an NHS dentist has a dental emergency, help can be provided by the local Public Dental Service on 0845 602 6417, 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
“Fundamentally, our aim is to complement existing services and provide support during these challenging times.”
Visit the new NHS Dumfries and Galloway Oral and Dental Health website today at