The number of patients seeking dental advice from GPs is increasing. The treatment of dental problems is not the responsibility of GPs and people should contact their Pharmacist for simple mouth ulcers and teething, and a dentist for toothache, gum problems, wisdom teeth and bleeding from the gums. If your dental practice is not open or you cannot get an appointment ring 111 to find your local urgent or emergency dental services. In severe circumstances (severe swelling leading to problems with opening the mouth, swallowing or fever) go to the nearest accident and emergency department.
People worried about their weight are being encouraged by local GPs to get to grips with the issue and participate in National Obesity Awareness Week.
This year the week lasts Until Sunday January 14.
Obesity is a common problem in the UK that's estimated to affect around one in every four adults and around one in every five children aged 10 to 11.
As children head back to school following the Christmas holidays, local GPs are encouraging parents who haven’t already done so to ensure their children get a free flu vaccination.
Dr Lorna Clarson is a Staffordshire GP and mum with a young child who has received the vaccination.
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