Oral health

The state of your teeth affects your overall health and wellbeing. Poor oral health can affect someone's ability to eat, speak, smile and socialise, causing pain and embarrassment.

Oral health problems include: 

  • Gum (periodontal) disease
  • Tooth decay (dental caries)
  • Tooth loss
  • Oral cancers.

A major cause of tooth decay is sugary foods and drinks, especially if you have them between meals. The longer the sugary food is in contact with teeth, the more damage it can cause. To learn more visit Sugar Smart.

How do I improve my oral health?

  • Always brush your teeth right before bed and at least one other time during the day
  • Use a toothpaste containing fluoride
  • Brush, spit and don't rinse
  • Limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks between meals
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

Healthy Living Dentistry (HLD) Programme

The HLD Programme supports dental practices across Wigan borough to provide general health advice to patients, preventing the development of long term health conditions.

If you’re a dental team interested in joining the HLD programme, take a look at our prospectus.

Emergency dental care

  • Dental Access Line helps you to access emergency dental advice and treatment, telephone 01942 614390 between Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, or call 01942 481410 for out of hours dental services
  • The In Hours service provides a same day appointment for un-registered dental patients, the Out of Hours (OOH) service offers telephone advice for any patients living within the Ashton, Leigh and Wigan area.
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