- Future oral health improvement services need to contribute to reducing health inequalities in Northumberland.
- A future strategy for oral health in Northumberland should ensure it addresses issues related to the expected increase in the older age population, as well as continuing to address oral health needs in the early years (0- 5years) as well as for young people.
- For Northumberland County Council to ensure that oral health is an integrated part of all relevant service specification in children and adult Health and Social care.
- To work together with its partners, of promoting the importance of oral health on individual’s health, and to ensure that oral health related aspects are addressed in line with a common risk factor approach.
- For Northumberland County Council to work on improving meeting the NICE guidance(PH 55) further.
- For Northumberland County Council to explore the feasibility of extending the current water fluoridation scheme, to provide a more equitable scheme , ensuring those at greatest needs are also receiving fluoridated mains water supply to aid reducing health inequalities.
- To work together with NHS England to ensure NHS dental care is accessible to all of Northumberland’s residents.
This oral health needs assessment represents the first step in the ongoing assessment of the oral health needs of the population of Northumberland since the 2012 Health and Social care act, and with it the transfer of responsibilities of oral health improvement and promotion to the local authority. Further exploration of the areas identified in this assessment as well as a strategy to address the needs will have to be developed and the ongoing assessment of changing needs planned into this strategy moving forward.