Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (499)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

499. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which the need for oral hygiene remains an important part of health service information; the extent to which Ireland complies with best practice in that regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28237/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Oral hygiene, particulary toothbrushing advice in line with best evidence, is central to oral heath promotion programmes in Ireland and internationally.

Smile agus Sláinte, the National Oral Health Policy, which was published in April 2019 aims to enable people to achieve their personal best oral health. The Policy has three strategic strands. The first strand, "Health and oral Health promotion and protection programmes" will embrace national, community and individual prevention and protection programmes supported by appropriate regulation. It will address the risk factors for oral health, including poor oral hygiene, and put in place oral health promotion and protection programmes to combat such risk factors.