Oral health checks and visual examinations – everything you need to know

Household budgets are tight for many people at the moment.  Offering patients or local groups an afternoon of free mouth cancer examinations is a great way to support your local community.  It’s a good way to promote awareness of the illness, and at the same time help develop the goodwill of your practice.Read more

Creating a display for Mouth Cancer Action Month

An eye catching display is easy to set-up and can be a great way of grabbing people’s attention. They are also a fantastic way for people to learn more about mouth cancer.Read more

Become an ambassador

By becoming one of our Mouth Cancer Campaign Ambassadors you can support us by sharing your stories, communicating important information, raising donations and influencing policy.Read more

The Blue Ribbon Appeal

The Blue Ribbon Appeal continues to play a key role in directly engaging people with the issues surrounding mouth cancer. Wear your blue ribbon with pride and help make a difference today.Read more

#BlueLipSelfie

The Blue Lip Selfie campaign encourages the public to adopt blue lips as a visible sign of support for mouth cancer to help boost awareness of the disease.Read more

Activities for health professionals

Healthcare professionals are in the perfect position to inform and educate the public about mouth cancer - during the campaign and all year round.Read more

Paul Roebuck

Psychotherapist Paul was on holiday with his wife in Las Vegas and woke up with blood in his mouth. He decided to get checked out by his dentist, who immediately knew something was seriously wrong.Read more

PR & Press Officer

If you’re a creative person with a good, basic understanding of public relations and are keen to develop your skills in this exciting field, we want you to join us at the Oral Health Foundation!Read more

Word of Mouth: September 2018

New denture care guidelines are the big news story of the month as 2018 continues to fly by and our attention turns to preparing for Mouth Cancer Action Month 2018.Read more

Denture care guidelines

We have just launched a new set of global guidelines on correct denture care. These guidelines make sure that denture wearers are given reliable, trusted and consistent advice about the best way to look after their dentures.Read more

Word of Mouth: August 2018

The headline of this Word of Mouth issue is the news that boys in England and across the UK will be receiving a vaccination against HPV after years of campaigning.Read more

Dental Helpline

Staffed by fully trained oral health experts and dental nurses, the Dental Helpline will provide free and impartial advice on a range of topics, such as dental terms and treatment procedures, oral hygiene, current legislation and regulations, dental charges, complaints procedures, and referrals to other organisations.Read more

Word of Mouth: July 2018

As 2018 continues to fly by, there are big oral health topics to be discussed. This month's headline story is news the boys are expected to be offered a potentially life-saving vaccination.Read more

Word of Mouth: June 2018

We're half-way through what has been an eventful 2018 and we are in awe of the amazing support being shown for National Smile Month. In June's issue we touch on the campaign and finance for NHS dentistry.Read more

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Word of Mouth: May 2018

In the fifth edition of 2018, we celebrate the launch of National Smile Month - our charity campaign to improve the nation’s oral health.Read more

Product Accreditation

Assure consumers that your oral health care products are clinically proven and backed up by scientific evidence with Approval from the Oral Health Foundation's internationally recognised dental experts.Read more

Better oral health for all

We are the Oral Health Foundation - a charity dedicated to improving oral health and wellbeing by providing impartial advice on all aspects of oral health directly to those who need it most.Read more

Dental Helpline

Staffed by fully trained oral health experts and dental nurses, the Dental Helpline will provide free and impartial advice on a range of topics, such as dental terms and treatment procedures, oral hygiene, current legislation and regulations, dental charges, complaints procedures, and referrals to other organisations.Read more

National Smile Month

National Smile Month is the largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health. Join us in educating, motivating and communicating positive oral health messages.Read more

Word of Mouth: April 2018

In the fourth Word of Mouth issue of 2018, we address the concerning new figures currently in the press that show as many as 140 children in England are having teeth removed from hospital every day.Read more

Mouth Cancer Action Month

Mouth Cancer Action Month takes place in November and is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and causes of mouth cancer in order to try and save lives.Read more

Dental Buddy

Dental Buddy is a series of free educational resources aimed at nursery and schoolchildren in order to increase the amount of time oral health is taught in the classroom.Read more

The role of our trustees

Learn more about the role of our trustees and how they help form the strategic direction of our charity. We also have information about joining us as a trustee.Read more

Word of Mouth: March 2018

In our third issue of 2018, we discuss the potential impact a gender neutral #HPV vaccination could have for thousands across the country. We also touch on water fluoridation and oral health at university.Read more

Liz Kay

In December 2017, Foundation Dean of Peninsula Dental School, Professor Liz Kay became President of the Oral Health Foundation, after many years on the charity's Board of Trustees.Read more

Janet Goodwin

Janet began work in the dental profession in 1971 and worked in many different environments from general practice, community, dental hospital and further education.Read more

Ben Atkins

Ben Atkins is a general dental practitioner and clinical director in Manchester. Ben is one of the charity's spokesmen and makes regular media appearances for us.Read more

Chet Trivedy

Chet Trivedy is dually qualified in dentistry and medicine and has a wealth of experience as a clinician and a researcher working in the field of head and neck cancer.Read more

Dave Mason

Dave Mason began his working life as a dental technician specialising in Prosthetics, before then moving across the dental industry into marketing and sales.Read more

Ed Martin

Ed Martin is highly experienced healthcare marketer with over 20 years’ experience in developing marketing programmes targeting healthcare professionals and consumers.Read more

Mhari Coxon

Mhari has over 20 years’ experience in dentistry in the UK, working as a nurse, receptionist, oral health advisor and ultimately hygienist in a variety of practice and hospital environments.Read more

Nairn H F Wilson

Nairn Wilson is a past President of British Dental Association and has published more than 250 original research papers. He has been a Trustee of the Oral Health Foundation since 2013.Read more

Steve Hardiman

Steve has worked in publishing, events management and media communications for over 30 years and is the founder of independent media company Purple Media Solutions.Read more

Tracy Posner

Tracy Posner is a communications specialist with over 35 years' experience working with some of the UK's leading advertising, PR and communications agencies.Read more

Zahid Siddique

Zahid Siddique is an Associate dentist in London, the Expert Strategy Director for McCann Health and Managing Director of Dental Training Consultants.Read more

Word of Mouth: Feburary 2018

In our second issue of 2018, we share with you details about our returning campaign, National Smile Month. Further on in the magazine we also touch on tooth whitening, pregnancy and love life advice.Read more

Oral health ingredients glossary

Dental products may be commodities that find their way into everybody's shopping trolley, but a new survey by the Oral Health Foundation has found that only a quarter of people understands what ingredients they are made from and their purpose.Read more

Laura Taylor

"Age is just a number, I’m 23 a non-smoker and don’t drink yet I still got the mouth cancer, it only takes 45 seconds to check your mouth, DO IT!! I was only 23, I should be hearing about my son’s day at nursery, not cancer."Read more

Word of Mouth: January 2018

In this issue we announce the inauguration of our new President, share with you our Impact Report highlighting our achievements over the past year, and also look into some new research into gum disease and breast cancer.Read more

Oral-B

A number of Oral-B products have been approved under our accreditation programme. Our panel of independent and internationally recognised clinical and academic experts have examined the products to ensure they can fulfil their claims.Read more

Wrigley

Our accreditation scheme establishes the basis of a gold standard of oral health care products that fulfil the claims and promises they make to consumers. Wrigley’s sugar-free gum claims to help neutralise plaque acids that may cause harm to your teeth.Read more

Listerine

The approved mouthwashes from Listerine have been subjected to a number of clinical trials and scientific tests. The Oral Health Foundation approved accreditation logo on the packaging is a seal which shows the product has passed our assessment.Read more

Polo® Sugar Free

As a result of having the Oral Health Foundation seal of approval, POLO Sugar-Free mints have international recognition that these are quality products that consumers can trust to be safe for their teeth.Read more

Firefly Ziggly Toothbrushes (3-pack)

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is a crucial part of a positive oral health routine. Daily cleaning of your teeth is important because it removes plaque. Brush for two minutes for the best results and remember to change the brush heads after every three months.Read more

Firefly Manual Suction Cup base toothbrush

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is a crucial part of a positive oral health routine. Daily cleaning of your teeth is important because it removes plaque. Please supervise children while brushing for two minutes and remember to change after every three months.Read more

Firefly Turbo Power Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is a crucial part of a positive oral health routine. Daily cleaning of your teeth is important because it removes plaque. Please supervise children while brushing for two minutes and remember to change after every three months.Read more

Firefly Rotary Toothbrush with 3D Cap

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is a crucial part of a positive oral health routine. Daily cleaning of your teeth is important because it removes plaque. Please supervise children while brushing for two minutes and remember to change after every three months.Read more

NUK

More than 150 over-the-counter products are accredited by us at the Oral Health Foundation and sold in 55 countries around the globe, providing valuable comfort to consumers seeking quality NUK products.Read more

TePe

Product approval is a very important part of the work the Oral Health Foundation does, especially when it can help to treat oral health problems like gum disease. Tepe's approved products can be very useful for interdental cleaning.Read more

Sponsorship

Increase your brand awareness, sales and help us tackle inequalities in oral health and education.Read more

Fixodent

Research shows that 80 per cent of people would look for the Oral Health Foundation’s ‘Approved’ logo before purchasing an oral hygiene product like the accredited Fixodent products.Read more

Peppersmith

Since the Accreditation scheme was launched in 1991, numerous products, including Peppersmith products, have carried the recognised Oral Health Foundation accreditation logo, assuring consumers the claims made by these products are not exaggerated.Read more

Clinomyn

More than 150 over-the-counter products are accredited by us at the Oral Health Foundation and sold in 55 countries around the globe, providing valuable comfort to consumers seeking quality Clinomyn products.Read more

Seabond

If accredited, all claims on the packaging and the marketing for a Seabond product will be scrutinised and examined by a panel which is comprised of independent experts of international standing.Read more

SleepRight

Products from SleepRight have been given international recognition as a result of being accredited by a charitable organisation, like the Oral Health Foundation, which prides itself on helping consumers gain better oral health.Read more

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Louise

"My school friend Charlie Rees was diagnosed with mouth cancer late in 2016, she put a short video message out on Facebook saying she needed support from her friends to help her fight and help her through. I got in touch and said, “I’m right behind you girly, but tell me what can I do?”Read more

Scottish Water

As a result of being part of our ‘Approved’ scheme, consumers can rest assured that the claims and promises made by Scottish Water have been verified and it is a safe drink for teeth and general oral health.Read more

David

"My mum was diagnosed with mouth cancer which took my family by surprise. Despite always attending regular dental check-ups, never smoking and having a healthy lifestyle, my mum still got cancer. Because of this I wanted to do my bit to raise awareness of mouth cancer and how it can affect anyone."Read more

Christina

Christina walked 500 miles for smiles, linking up with many of the dental profession along the way. It was something big to raise awareness of Mouth Cancer and HPV, to encourage the profession and the public to become more informed. Knowledge is a great gift but, with low stats on access to dental care, so many are unaware of the risks of mouth cancer and the benefits of a healthy mouth.Read more

Runs, walks, cycles and swims

A sponsored swim, run or cycle never fails to capture the imagination of everyone around you which spurs you on to do as well as you can. You can do this as part of a group too to get everyone involved.Read more

Anchor

As a result of having the Oral Health Foundation seal of approval, a number of Anchor products have international recognition that these are quality, trustworthy products from a leading Indian independent brand.Read more

Mud runs

Mud runs have become an extremely popular alternative to the traditional marathon. They are a great day out for friends and you will be sure to have lots of good stories to tell by the end of it.Read more

Elaine

"As a dental nurse, then Dental Hygienist then Tutor and now in the commercial side of oral health my passion remains in educating and empowering people to have healthy mouths – which is exactly what the Oral Health Foundation seeks to do"Read more

Kingfisher

All products that go through the Oral Health Foundation’s accreditation scheme are assessed by a trusted independent and internationally recognised panel of academics and consumers who purchase Kingfisher’s accredited products have valuable assurance of quality.Read more

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Extreme challenges

If so then why not do something a little out of the ordinary. A sponsored skydive, abseil or anything else that comes to mind is a great way of raising funds.Read more

Sarakan

Products from Sarakan Dental that have the Oral Health Foundation’s ‘Approved’ symbol have added value because it is an illustration of independent backing for the claims made.Read more

TePe

As an oral health care company, TePe shares the educational and oral health promotional goals of the Oral Health Foundation and so naturally support the impartial efforts of the charity to educate the public on all oral health care.Read more

Skip the snacks challenge

We think this is very relevant. If your office has a real sweet tooth, you could try ditching the snacks for a week and donate all the money that you would have spent instead.Read more

Beauty Formulas

Accredited Beauty Formulas has gone through our accreditation panel, which lasts between six and eight weeks to make sure that the product claims are absolutely proven.Read more

Charity auction

Whether you have an amazing once in a lifetime prize or just a box of chocolates a charity auction is great way to get people to put their hands in their pockets.Read more

McBride

Some McBride products are approved by the leading independent dental health charity based in the United Kingdom, the Oral Health Foundation, which aims to increase consumer awareness and confidence in quality products.Read more

Quiz night

A great one for interdepartmental rivalries. See who the most clued up group is at your work with prizes for the winners, plus bragging rights of course.Read more

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Firefly

Several products from Firefly are approved under our accreditation scheme, which is the biggest in the world and used by some of the world’s biggest healthcare brands and manufactures.Read more

Sponsored pledge

A great one for anybody looking to give up something. Whether it be smoking, sugar, alcohol or coffee get people to support you in your endeavour and raise money while you’re at it.Read more

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Unum Dental

The Dental Payment Plan Recognised Scheme guides consumers towards products and services, like those provided by Unum Dental, that give dental benefits to help them obtain better oral health.Read more

Sports day or group activity

Why not organise a school-style sports day or outdoor activity? Make the activities as serious or as fun as you like – from hurdles to an egg and spoon race – make sure that there’s something for everyone.Read more

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News and blogs

The press team at the Oral Health Foundation frequently communicates with journalists, newspapers and broadcasters across the UK. We are passionate about increasing knowledge about improving oral health through our publications.Read more