People should be given advice on healthy eating or alcohol consumption during trips to the dentist, a new report suggests.
Dentists are “perfectly placed” to deliver health promotion and prevention advice to their patients, according to new report from the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation.
They could deliver advice on healthy eating, alcohol consumption and giving up smoking, it states.
The new report on the state of NHS dentistry in England suggests that health officials have “missed” an opportunity to include dentists in wider ill-health prevention plans.
Including dentists in these plans could see improvements in the nation’s dental health as well as driving down cases of obesity and diabetes, they added.
Meanwhile the analysis found drastic differences between the north and south of England when it comes to good dental health. There is also a big…