Free toothbrushes and toothpaste will be given out to those who need them most thanks to a £40,000 initiative by the City of Wolverhampton Council and NHS England.

They will be distributed to individuals and families via local charities, foodbanks, religious places of worship, 'warm spaces' and the city's Strengthening Families Hubs and libraries.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Poor oral health can lead to pain and discomfort, and the impact can last a lifetime.

"We know that access to regular NHS dental care is challenging in a lot of areas at present, including in Wolverhampton, and that NHS England is continuing to work to recommission local dental services wherever possible,

“In addition, the cost of living crisis is significantly impacting on people’s finances and, for many the purchasing of toothbrushes and toothpaste may be lower down their list of priorities. 

"So preventing tooth decay in the first instance has never been more important.

“Most oral diseases can be prevented or managed by healthy behaviours like enjoying a healthy balanced diet and cleaning teeth and gums effectively, using a quality toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

"We are pleased to have been able to secure £40,000 in funding which will enable us to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste and oral health information to those that are most in need over the next 12 months."