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Health Challenge Caerphilly
Penallta House, Tredomen Park
Hengoed, CF82 7PG
Tel: 01495 235419

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Dental health

Teeth are vital to our overall health. 

The mouth contains millions of bacteria, some good bacteria and some bad bacteria.  The bad bacteria cause problems if they accumulate on the surface of the teeth and gums in the form of plaque.   Plaque is a bacteria that coats the teeth then feeds on sugars in our food and drink, which then produces acid.  The acid softens and weakens the dental enamel and then calcium and mineral salts are lost from the tooth surface causing decay.

Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is essential to keep our teeth and mouth healthy.  Sugar plays a major part in tooth decay, sugary foods and drinks should be limited to meal times only and in moderate amount.


In 2007/8, Caerphilly had the third highest percentage of 5 year olds with dental caries (tooth decay or cavity) in Wales. In Adults, the Welsh Health Survey (2008) evidenced that 28% of adults had fewer than 21 of their own teeth!

Top tips for brushing your teeth

  • Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45-degree angle against the gum line. Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth.
  • Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles angled against the gum line.
  • Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all your teeth.
  • Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small circular strokes with the toe (the front part) of the brush.
  • Brushing your tongue will help freshen your breath and will clean your mouth by removing bacteria.

If you need to be registered by an NHS dentist, ring 0845 46 47 or visit

Designed to Smile!

Designed to Smile is a National oral health improvement programme, which will eventually be cascaded to all parts of Wales.

The Designed to Smile Programme has two elements:

  • A preventative programme for children from birth to 3 years:

    Initially pilots are being established working with Health Visitors and a wide range of professionals who work with young children. The aim is to give good consistent advice to parents, to provide toothbrushes and paste and encourage going to the dentist.
  • A preventative programme for Nursery/Primary school children:

    This involves the delivery of School/Nursery based tooth brushing and fluoride varnish programmes for children aged 3-5 helping establish good habits early on. Also children aged 6-11 will receive a Fissure Sealant programme ( A Fissure Sealant is a white plastic coating that is painted on to the top of the back teeth to help prevent tooth decay) as well as preventative advice on how to look after their oral health.

More information on designed to smile. click here