The largest and longest-running oral health campaign promotes the importance of oral hygiene for you and your family.
What You Need To Know
Launched in 1977, the National Smile Month campaign was set up in order to raise awareness about oral hygiene. Since then, the campaign has grown from strength to strength. In the last two years there have been more that 2,000 oral health events organised across the country.
The campaign takes place between the 18th of May and the 18th of June. Each year thousands of professionals, individuals and organisations come together to promote three key messages helping the country to develop and maintain a healthy mouth:
1. Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with fluoride toothpaste.
2. Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
3. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
Join In On The Fun
If you are interested in getting your family and friends involved in the campaign, or you would like to learn more, you can register your details on the National Smile Month website and receive a free registration pack. Each pack includes:
· An ultimate guide to National Smile Month
· A resource catalogue
· A smiley
· A smiley straw
· A campaign badge and a top tips for teeth Z-card
The pack also includes literature on fundraising, games and competitions as well as a free copy of May’s National Smile Month Digital Magazine.
Taking part in the campaign doesn’t stop there. Go down to your nearest Events Hub and learn about how you, your family and your workplace can improve their smile. The campaign is designed to help the nation promote oral health with ideas and resources, so take advantage of what they can offer.
A Healthy Smile
There are many things you can do to ensure a healthy smile. Start by eating a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, which will keep your gums healthy and help to prevent gum disease. Avoid chewing tobacco and smoking to ward off infections. Change your toothbrush every two to three months and examine your mouth regularly for any changes such as discoloured teeth, sores and lesions or swollen gums.
Dr. Chig Amin is the owner and principal dentist of the Epsom Dental Centre. Dr. Amin practises gentle dentistry and ensures that all of his patients receive the dental care that best meets their needs.