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Dentists ‘in prime position’ to give lifestyle advice

Posted by Allie Wright

Dentists should use check-ups as a chance to ask their patients about factors of their lifestyle that could have an impact on their oral health.

According to Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, oral health professionals are in a prime position to do this.

“If you are a regular dental patient visiting a dental practice, that does provide an ideal opportunity for intervention around things that have got a direct effect in the mouth,” he said, adding sugar in the diet is one of the key issues dentists should find out about.

Dr Carter also noted that the use of alcohol and tobacco should also be on the agenda at a dental check-up, as both of these can have a major impact on oral health.

The expert recently highlighted the fact that the consumption of fatty foods – as well as tobacco and alcohol – can harm dental health.

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