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New deal boosts Black Country borough oral health brush-up

Oral health education at Hob Green Children's Centre in Pedmore

Dudley residents are being helped to brush up on oral health after a groundbreaking dental care education service was extended to the borough.

Oral health promotion provided by Birmingham Community Healthcare (BCHC) has been extended to the borough of Dudley for the first time as part of a far-reaching redesign of community dental services in Birmingham and the Black Country.

After winning the contract to provide oral health education in the borough, BCHC will be delivering oral health promotion messages to staff, parents and carers at 13 children’s centres throughout Dudley, along with promotion to school children at 37 target primary schools.

Oral health educator, Ann Fellows says, “It’s very pleasing that we’ve now adopted a more joined-up service model which will help share experience and expertise across all the areas in which we deliver community dental services.”

BCHC provides accessible and responsive healthcare services across Birmingham. Additional specialist services are provided for the wider West Midlands region.  Since April 2011, the community dental services of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Birmingham have merged to become part of BCHC.

Oral health education offers advice and information concerning cleanliness and condition of teeth, gums, jawbone, and supporting tissues in the mouth. The most common oral health problems are cavities and gum disease.

Click here for more information about dental health on the NHS Choices website.