National Smile Month – What’s the first thing you notice about a person? Their smile is a common answer! So take part in the largest yearly oral event in the world to keep yours looking great!
The British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) wants to raise awareness during the month to the importance of maintaining a healthy mouth!
Research has shown that on average people brush their teeth for 45 seconds. Hardly enough to give your teeth the thorough cleaning they need!
So take up the ‘Two minute, twice a day’ challenge to keep those pearly whites plaque-free.
People can easily get gum disease from a variety of factors, so make sure you’re leading a healthy lifestyle and if you’re a smoker- stamp out the tobacco!
Your mouth will thank you for it. And so will the BDHF if you decide to get involved!
Either by looking after you and your family’s routine or by setting up an event. You could host a themed fun day or set up a display.
If you’re a dentist, it would be a brilliant idea to set up open sessions or hold a competition that means a free consultation!
All the info you’ll need to take part in the 43rd annual event is available from the National Smile Month website.
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. They are:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- 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.
And this year, the campaign celebrates a very special landmark… it’s 40th Birthday!
With the help and enthusiasm of those who are passionate about health and wellbeing, National Smile Month 2016 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 2016, the campaign will take place between 16 May and 16 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 improves 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!
So what next?….
Get Smiling: Head over to our Events Hub and discover how you, your practice, hospital, school or workplace can take part in our wonderful campaign. We have loads of great ideas to help you promote oral health, along with all the resources for you to make it as successful as possible!