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Meet the dental team

A visit to the dentist can involve a lot of people, from the dental nurse to the hygienist. Each member of the team has a specific job. Here's what they do. Dental receptionist The dental receptionist makes appointments, answers phone calls and often deals with the paperwork for the…

Braces and orthodontics

Braces are in high demand. More than 200,000 children and adults in England and Wales started orthodontic treatment last year. Here are the answers to some common questions about this type of dental treatment. Why have braces? The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to make the best…

Take care of your teeth and gums

Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum: Brush your teeth twice a day Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Read more in our teeth cleaning guide. Floss between your teeth…

Motor neurone disease: Kevan's story

Kevan Hassall learned he had motor neurone disease after his 40th birthday health MOT. Two years later, at the time of this interview, his health is getting worse, but he's making every day count. "I'm a car fanatic, and my first recollection of symptoms is when I was washing…

Underweight adults

Being underweight isn't good for your health. Find out what you can do if you're concerned about yourself or someone else. Weighing too little can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and feeling tired. You can check if you're underweight by using our Healthy…

Teeth whitening

More and more people are paying for brighter, whiter teeth. But does teeth whitening work and is it safe? Here are the answers to common questions about the treatment. What is teeth whitening? Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. Teeth whitening can't make your teeth…

Food labelling terms

Food labels can help us choose a healthier diet and make sure our foods are safe to eat. Here's a guide to some of the most common food labelling terms. Food labels provide a wide range of information about foods. But understanding all of that…

How to keep your teeth clean

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for about two minutes to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you don't brush them properly. It contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth brushing stops plaque building up. Try to…

Beach safety

Every summer, lifeguards respond to thousands of incidents on UK beaches. To stay safe at the seaside, be informed about the dangers and follow these simple tips. In 2014, lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) responded to 17,050 incidents, helping more than 19,350 people in difficulty on some…

How to eat less saturated fat

Practical tips to help you eat less fat, including saturated fat. Eating lots of saturated fat can raise your cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease.  Saturated fat is found in: butter, ghee, suet, lard, coconut oil and palm oil  cakes  biscuits fatty cuts of meat sausages  bacon cured…