People wear dentures, plastic or metal, to replace lost or missing teeth so they can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. Read more

Denture adhesives guidelines

We have just launched a new set of global guidelines on correct use of denture adhesives. 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: June 2019

In this jam-packed issue of Word of Mouth you can find #MySmileySelfie pictures, podcasting information and much more! Read more

Word of Mouth: May 2019

For May, we have a jam-packed issue for you as National Smile Month has finally arrived. 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

The Oral Health Podcast

We have teamed up with GSK, Pronamel and Sensodyne to create a mini-series of podcasts to help you improve your oral health. Read more

Word of Mouth: April 2019

National Smile Month is nearly here, and in this issue we have plenty of information on what you can do to get involved. Read more

Morrisons Pro Advanced Sensitive Toothpaste

Morrisons Sensitive Toothpaste contains fluoride and is a useful aid in dental health care. Brush twice a day, once right before you go to bed and one other time during the day. Read more

Morrisons Pro Clean Sensitive Mouthwash

Morrisons Pro Advanced Sensitive Mouthwash is alcohol free and can provide a welcome boost to your oral health routine alongside brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Read more

Morrisons Pro Clean Whitening Mouthwash

This mouthwash can help you gain fresh breath, reduce oral bacteria, prevent plaque and help remove surface stains on your teeth causes by strongly coloured foods and drinks. Read more

Morrisons Whitening Mouthwash

Morrisons whitening mouthwash can help to remove common stains created by tea, coffee and red wine. Also contains fluoride which aids oral health. Read more

Morrisons Charcoal Toothpaste

Morrisons Charcoal Fluoride toothpaste has been formulated to help remove tough surface stains, freshen breath and protect against cavities, plaque and tartar. Read more

Morrisons Whitening Toothpaste

Morrisons Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste with antibacterial action has been specially formulated to help remove surface stains, fight bacteria and protect against cavities and plaque. Read more

Listerine Nightly Reset

Normal eating and drinking can expose your teeth to sugar acids throughout the day that can leave your teeth vulnerable to cavities - especially overnight. LISTERINE® Nightly Reset is a formula that works while you sleep to fight the effects of the day. Read more

Listerine GO! TABS

A new way to get a whole mouth clean and fresh feeling. Transforming into liquid, it starts working in seconds. It neutralises bad breath odours and leaves your mouth feeling as clean as after brushing and rinsing at home, for long lasting fresh breath. Read more

Word of Mouth: March 2019

Happy Spring! In this issue the hot topics are oral health education in schools, the rising cost of dentistry and World Oral Health Day! Read more

Hick Lane Dental Surgery Heads to School!

Our principle dentist Dr Nazia Ahmed & two dental nurses will be visiting local nurseries and a Junior school to deliver oral health education lessons. Read more

Making smiles with Beam Orthodontics

Hi! Beam Orthodontics are getting involved with National Smile Month this May and we hope you will join us to learn about how to get a healthy mouth! Read more

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Word of Mouth: February 2019

Here we have a wide ranging issue of Word of Mouth. We touch on an online telephone scam affecting our Dental Helpline, how gum disease can influence labour and more. Read more

Share a Smile

As part of National Smile Month 2019, we have joined up with our friends at Buddies to create a competition that champions great oral health. Read more

Biomin F Toothpaste

We have recently approved BioMin F toothpaste. It can help reduce sensitivity and remineralise enamel. It can be a great addition to your oral health routine. Brush with it twice a day for the best results! Read more


BioMin are one of the latest brands to have a product approved under our accreditation scheme. Our panel of independent and internationally recognised clinical and academic experts have examined their new toothpaste to ensure it can fulfil it's claims. Read more

Word of Mouth: January 2019

Happy New Year, one and all. In the very first issue of 2019, we reflect on a huge year for the world of dentistry and oral health before we look forward to what the new year has in store for us! Read more

British Dental Association

Formed in 1880, the BDA is the professional association and trade union organisation for dentists. The organisation represents all fields of dentistry including general practice, community dental services, the armed forces, hospitals, academia, public health and research, and its 23,000 members can receive advice on all of these areas. Basing themselves in London, they represent dentists at national and local level, attempting to ensure that their views and concerns are accounted for. Read more

British Dental Industry Association

First established in 1923, The British Dental Industry Association is a national trade association, representing and supporting the collective interests of manufacturers and suppliers of dental products, services and technologies. The BDIA has a member community of over 125 companies, and plays a pivotal role in driving standards for the provision of quality oral healthcare. The organisation continues to run the "BDIA Dental Showcase", which is one of the leading global dentistry events. Read more

British Society Of Dental Hygiene & Therapy

As of 2018, the BSDHT is a nationally recognised body that represents over 4,000 members across the UK and beyond. The mission of BSDHT is to represent their members interests and to provide a consultative body for public and private organisations on all matters relating to dental hygiene and therapy. The Oral Health Conference & Exhibition (OHC) is the BSDHT’s flagship member conference and the largest annual event for dental hygienists and dental therapists. Read more

British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry was formed in November 2003 by a group of dentists, many of them leading figures in the field of cosmetic dentistry, who saw a need to share their knowledge with others. The BACD is the voice of cosmetic dentistry in the UK, promoting clinical excellence in an ethical, minimally invasive way and the thorough understanding of this practice for clinicians and patients alike. Read more

British Association of Dental Nurses

The British Association of Dental Nurses is a Lancashire-based organisation that represents dental nurses across the UK. Their Annual Conference, held each year, provides an opportunity for members of the dental team to meet with colleagues, socialise and further their professional education. The British Dental Nurses’ Journal is the official journal of the BADN. It is published four time a year in January, April, July and October and it is available to all members. Read more

British Dental Bleaching Society

The British Dental Bleaching Society was founded in 2008 to promote safe dental bleaching within the dental profession through training and education. Members of the society benefit from the latest information and current research, continuing support and innovative strategies to ensure they carry out safe and successful dental bleaching for their patients. Read more

Dentsply Sirona

Dentsply and Sirona joined forces in 2016, to become the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental solutions. According to their latest figures, D & S products and solutions reach 600,000 dental professionals, who treat over 6 million patients daily. Now working together under one brand globally, D & S are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, faster dental care and providing innovative solutions to achieve it. Read more


Founded in 1972, SDI Limited is primarily involved in the research and development, manufacturing and marketing of specialist dental materials. They provide innovation and excellence in their products and produce the ideal restorative materials for the dental profession. SDI’s products are sold through distributors and retailers in over 100 countries throughout the world. SDI has offices and warehouses in Chicago, USA; Cologne, Germany; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Read more

Word of Mouth: December 2018

As the year comes to a close we provide some timely advice that will help you look after your teeth during the festive period and going into 2019. Read more


Family-owned dental company VOCO has now developed into one of the leading manufacturers in the industry. They field a comprehensive portfolio of more than 100 preventative, restorative and prosthetic dentistry products and supply medical products on a global level. Describing themselves as dedicated “dentalists” (dental material specialists) , VOCO aims to serve dentistry by providing dental products that offer the highest level of material quality and usability. Read more

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The Tooth Whitening Information Group

The Tooth Whitening Information Group is an alliance of dental professional bodies and manufacturers set up to tackle the key issues and problems regarding tooth whitening. Read more

About tooth whitening

Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. Learn all about what tooth whitening involves and how to do it safely. Read more

Tooth whitening and the law

An EU Council Directive states that tooth whitening is an 'act of dentistry' and can only be carried out by a dental professionals. It also made rulings on the strength of whitening products. Read more

Make a report

Make a complaint if you have found an illegal tooth whitening product or have had treatment by somebody who is not lawfully qualified. You can also report companies that claim to train whitening technicians. Read more

FAQs for dental professionals

We have put together a series of answers from the most common questions that dental professionals frequently ask us about tooth whitening. Read more

FAQs for beauticians

There remains a considerable amount of confusion over what constitutes safe and legal tooth whitening. Here are some of the most common questions we get from beauticians about tooth whitening. Read more

Tooth whitening in the news

The latest news and updates on tooth whitening. All the top stories, articles and advice, including the most recent court cases featuring illegal tooth whitening activity. Read more

Our partners

The Tooth Whitening Information Group is supported by a number of expert organisations that are passionate about communicating the benefits of safe tooth whitening. Read more

Word of Mouth: November 2018

Mouth Cancer Action Month is in full force and this issue really does show why your support this November has been so important. Read more

The State of Mouth Cancer UK Report 2018/2019

Our new report looking into the state of mouth cancer in the United Kingdom. Includes the very latest statistics, research into awareness of the disease and future challenges and recommendations. Read more

Word of Mouth: October 2018

Mouth Cancer Action Month is about to begin and this issue has plenty of information on how you can get involved this November and help us save lives. Read more

Stephanie Leach

Stephanie's story should serve as a reminder that mouth cancer can sadly affect all of us. Even if you don't fall into any of the risk factors, you should still be aware of the warning signs. Read more

Dental Helpline

We're here to give you impartial advice about your oral health. Contact our team of fully-qualified professionals by telephone (01788 539780), or email ([email protected]). Read more

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


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

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

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

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

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

Events and activities

Click here to see what our fantastic supporters will be getting up to for the campaign this year! 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

Water fluoridation policy

The Oral Health Foundation believes that fluoridation is the most important single measure that the UK Government can take to bring a substantial change in the nation’s oral health. 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