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National Smile Month

14th May – 14th June

National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.

Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth :

l Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
l Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
l Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions.

With the help and enthusiasm of those who are passionate about health and wellbeing, National Smile Month 2017 hopes to see thousands of events and activities up and down the UK educate and engage local communities about the importance of a healthy mouth.

In 2018, the campaign will take place between 14 May and 14 June, and will encourage all dental and health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces – in fact anyone with an interest in good oral healthcare, to join in and help us educate, motivate and communicate positive oral health messages and improve the quality of smiles all around the UK.
But National Smile Month isn’t just about education and stressing the importance of a healthy mouth – the key to the success of the campaign is that we have lots fun doing it!

Tips for a healthy mouth!

Good oral health can have so many wonderful life-changing benefits. From greater self-confidence to better luck in careers and relationships.

Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste.

Clean in between your teeth at least once a day using interdental brushes or floss.

To check if you have bad breath lick your wrist, let it dry and give it a sniff, if it smells your breath probably does too.

If you use mouthwash don’t use it directly after brushing as you rinse away the fluoride from your toothpaste.

Quit smoking to help reduce the chances of tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases mouth cancer.

Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride; it helps strengthen tooth enamel making it more resistant to decay.

Change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if it becomes worn as it will not clean the teeth properly.

Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste.