Detailed needs assessments

Oral Health Needs Assessment 2016

ToothbrushesOral Health has been defined as an ability to eat, speak and socialise without active disease, discomfort or embarrassment. Having a healthy mouth allows us to speak, smile, kiss, taste, chew, swallow and cry.

Our ability to have a healthy mouth is affected by our experience of oral diseases. These include tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers. The most commonly found oral disease is tooth decay. Oral diseases are largely preventable but are still very common. Significant improvements in oral health have been made however; many adults and children still suffer from pain and discomfort in their mouth.

The 2016 Oral Health JSNA focuses on oral health and how oral diseases affect the population in Swindon Borough Council (SBC) area.

The JSNA helped to develop an Oral Health Strategy for Swindon which set out the vision to improve the oral health of all people living in Swindon. It aspires to promote the best oral health and reduce oral health inequalities across the life course.

Public Health England have produced an Oral Health profile for children and young people with an interactive data tool which contains the latest Swindon data.

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