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On Friday 1st July 2022 clinical commissioning groups (CCG's) across the country were closed and were replaced by new NHS organisations known as Integrated Care Boards.

Therefore, NHS East Lancashire CCG no longer exists and has been replaced (along with the othe seven CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria) by the new NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Please visit the new ICB website

A healthy mouth is something to shout about

This World Oral Health day (20 March 2019) people are being encouraged to look after their teeth and gum health. Making small changes to your daily routine will ensure your mouth stays healthy.

Dr Preeti Shukla, Clinical Lead at NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG said:

“Taking care of your teeth isn’t difficult or time consuming. By brushing your teeth properly twice a day and flossing, will prevent serious dental health issues.

“Try humming ‘Happy Birthday’ twice through when you brush your teeth. This song is the perfect way to gauge how long you should be brushing for and is a great way to teach kids.”

Alongside brushing and flossing, it is recommended that you visit your dentist for a check-up and cleaning regularly, preferably every six months. Your dentist will be able to let you know about any concerns they may have. If these concerns are left unobserved, they are likely to worsen and cause you more problems.

Dr Shukla added:

“Cutting down on the amount of sugar and alcohol you consume, as well as how much you smoke, will also significantly reduce your chances of tooth decay. Try swapping out fizzy drinks for water and snacking on fruit instead of sweets.”

By making these small changes to your everyday routines, you will ensure that your teeth and gums will stay strong and healthy for years to come.

If you would like to register with an NHS dentist please visit the NHS website at: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/dentists/how-to-find-an-nhs-dentist/

For more information on how to look after your oral health visit the NHS website.

Find out more about World Oral Health Day 2019 at www.worldoralhealthday.org.