The Oral Health Foundation is an independent charity (not for profit) dedicated to improving oral health and well-being around the world. For more than 45 years we have continued to provide expert, independent and impartial advice on all aspects of oral health directly to those who need it most.
We work alongside governments, dental and health professionals, manufacturers, the dental trade, national and local agencies and the public, to achieve our mission of addressing the unfortunate inequalities which exist in oral health, changing people’s lives for the better.
The Oral Health Foundation was formed in 1971 and at the time, the idea of preventive dentistry was very new and being practiced by a small amount of the profession. The founding fathers of the Oral Health Foundation wished to see the preventive message that ‘Teeth are for Life’ spread as widely as possible, with the aim of improving the overall oral health of the nation.
Here are some of the major challenges we face:
To improve oral health care and promote practice in good oral hygiene.
To be a key source for oral health information for members of the public.
To effectively lobby and influence Government policy on behalf of the public.
To increase oral health awareness in the workforce.
To increase the awareness of mouth cancer and reduce mortality rates through early detection and the changing of lifestyle habits.
To see the addition of fluoride to drinking water.
To increase the number of people visiting a dentist on a regular basis.
To continue to be a successful independent supplier of oral health promotional material to the health community.
Our work to improve the state of the oral health and well being includes:
Help and support
For over two decades, we have run a Dental Helpline from our head office in the UK. Our Dental Helpline is a truly charitable service and the crucial work by our experts continues to make a difference to public and professionals alike, proving an invaluable resource in educating the public on a range of dental and oral health matters.
Over the years, our team has handled more than 350,000 enquiries to date, giving trusted and impartial advice to a wide range of people with varying needs from all across the world.
We provide high quality information and oral hygiene products to health professionals and educators all around the world. We have over 7,000 customers to which we offer a range of more than 500 products which offer value and quality to professionals seeking oral health education and motivational materials for their patients and their local community.
Our patient information is translated into nine other world languages and distributed throughout Europe and the Arabian Peninsula.
We also supply oral health materials for the Dental Defence Service, going to troops and service personnel all around the world. We send tens of thousands of much needed oral hygiene products every year to more than 30 countries including Germany, Cyprus and Iraq.
Campaigns and initiatives
National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month are two campaigns that we organise and run annually in the UK. This is in addition to school-based programmes like Dental Buddy. These campaigns are used to help us spread awareness of oral health issues while encouraging the health profession to be more active and engaging when it comes to education and oral health promotion in local communities.
We have also helped countries across the world conduct their own versions of our campaigns and our member ship to the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe also puts us in a key position to promote oral health and the cost-effective prevention of oral diseases in Europe.
For more than 25 years, we have helped members of the public make informed choices about which oral care products they buy. Our Approved Products Scheme gives us the opportunity to provide people with information and education regarding which oral health products they buy, and ensures that the marketing claims made by manufacturers are backed up with scientific evidence.
Changing our name
In April 2016, we changed our name from British Dental Health Foundation to Oral Health Foundation, to better represent our growing body of work globally.