Celebrate National Smile Month

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Show off your smile! We are entering the beginning of National Smile Month, the UK’s largest and longest running oral health campaign.

The aim of the next month is to deliver three key messages:

  • The importance of brushing teeth before bed and at least one other time during the day
  • Cutting down on sugary foods and drinks
  • Regular dentist visits

Events will be taking place throughout the month around the UK to promote the importance of looking after your teeth and improving the quality of smiles around the country.

The campaign has been taking place since 1977, when ‘Smile 77’ was introduced to combat the statistic that one in three people did not have any natural teeth. It was such a success that it grew over the years to become National Smile Week, and subsequently National Smile Month in 2006. In 2014 more than 3,000 organisations shared their passion for the campaign.

The team at the British Dental Health Foundation uses 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 in disadvantaged communities and areas of known poor oral health.

They have been a busy charity over the years, and in the last year alone they have:

  • Spent £1.1 million on improving oral health
  • Reached over 560 million people with their positive oral health messages
  • Assisted with over 856 community events
  • Given direct advice to more than 9,825 patients
  • 692,498 people have visited their website
  • Received press coverage in over 1,732 articles
  • Accredited 150 oral health products in more than 50 countries

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. So help the overall health and wellbeing of your mouth.

This can achieved by:

  • Using floss or interdental brushes. These help with the cleaning of the teeth and help to prevent a build-up of plaque. An easy start that perhaps a dentist may explain at a check-up.
  • Plenty of vitamins, minerals and fresh fruit and vegetables in a diet is good for teeth as well as the body as it helps prevent gum disease.
  • The enamel is naturally awoken on teeth just from eating and drinking, so brushing straight away can cause more harm than good. Leave it at least one hour.
  • Don’t let your mouth get dry, chew sugar free gum and keep it stimulated with saliva.
  • Keep bad breath at bay with a regular test on yourself. Lick the inside of either wrist, let it dry and if the smell is bad, act straight away.
  • 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 encourages yellow teeth, gum disease, tooth decay and mouth cancer.
  • Brush your tongue!

Research conducted by National Smile Month now proves that a smile is the most important attraction second to personality. The same survey revealed that 23% of Britons believe that country has ‘good teeth’ and that more than half of the population are not happy with their own teeth or smile.

Don’t be one of these people and take care of your smile.

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