Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Ceisteanna (499)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

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]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.