Celebrate National Smile Month

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We are in the midst of National Smile Month, the UK’s largest and longest running oral health campaign so why not show your smile throughout May and brighten everyone’s mood. You’d be surprised at the effect a smile can have on a person, even a stranger in the street and all it takes is just 17 muscles to smile compared to 43 to frown.

The campaign delivers three main messages:

  • Why it is important to regularly brush your teeth before bed and at least one more time through the day.
  • Cutting down on sugary foods and drinks.
  • The importance of regular dentist visits.

Since 1977 the campaign has been running annual UK events throughout the month of May to help promote looking after your teeth and improve your winning smile.

Back when the campaign started, there was a staggering statistic that one in three people did not have any natural teeth. The campaign’s success meant that the events have continued to grow throughout the years. So much so, that it grew to National Smile Week and ultimately National Smile Month.

National Smile Month provides the team at the British Dental Health Foundation, who have recently announced a name change to the Oral Health Foundation, the opportunity to work closely with oral health educators, health professionals, schools and workplaces to increase their delivery of oral health education, and in particular to disadvantaged communities and areas of known poor oral health.

If you are looking for some tips to keep your mouth healthy and reap the many benefits of having good oral health, then look no further. Having a good smile can give you a boost in confidence, provide better luck in careers and relationships and transform your appearance.

Some helpful hints and tips to achieve better oral hygiene include:

  • Using floss. This helps with the cleaning of the teeth and helps to prevent a build-up of plaque.
  • Vitamins, minerals and fresh fruit and vegetables are a good diet for teeth as well as the body as it helps prevent gum disease.
  • Don’t let your mouth get dry, chew sugar free gum and keep it stimulated with saliva.
  • Give a child a glass of water after a sugary drink.
  • If you use mouthwash, ensure it is one that contains anti-bacterial agents to help control gum disease.
  • Quit smoking! Smoking causes yellow teeth, gum disease, tooth decay and mouth cancer.
  • Brush your tongue!

Statistics are now revealing that more than 30,000 children are being admitted to hospital for tooth extractions, so the future of encouraging good oral health is more important than ever.

Take care of your smile.