Something to Smile About
National Smile Month 14th May – 14th June 2018
What is National Smile Month All About?
National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health. Organised by health charity, the Oral Health Foundation (formally the British Dental Health Foundation), the month long campaign ultimately hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, making a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people.
Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping develop and maintain a healthy mouth. These 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.
Who can take part?
National Smile Month is a campaign which everybody is encouraged to get involved with.
There are ways for a wide variety of groups, companies and individuals to get involved. Dental and health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces – in fact anyone with an interest in good oral healthcare, help to deliver positive messages on oral health through thousands of events.
Why is it needed?
First conceived in 1977, National Smile Month aimed to address an increasingly critical problem of how to get people to look after their teeth in a time when only one in three people had their natural teeth.
Thankfully times have changed since then and there have been numerous changes in public attitudes to their oral health, but many problems still exist. Tooth decay is still far too common, especially in children, where nearly a third (31 percent) of five-year-olds and half (46 per cent) of eight-year-olds have visible signs of dental decay.
One in four adults admit that they don’t brush twice a day and more than a quarter only currently visit their dentist when they have a problem. Huge oral health disparities still exist depending on issues such as socio-economic status, age, where people live and even due to disability and ethnicity.
Almost all of dental health problems are preventable and this is what National Smile Month is trying to draw attention to and promote through positive messages and education.
To find out more and to get involved, visit www.nationalsmilemonth.org
If you are looking for a friendly and caring team of dental professionals to help keep your smile in tip-tiop condition, then look no further than Precinct Dental Practice, situated on Bury Street in Abingdon. Peter Allen and Chris Martin have many years of experience and take the time to assess the needs of each individual patient with care. They want to help you to ensure you have a healthy mouth, so will give you advice on how best to care for your teeth and gums.
As well as offering general dentistry, Precinct Dental Practice also offer cosmetic treatment such as veneers, implants, tooth whitening and more. An easy to comprehend price list is available here.
If you are a nervous or anxious patient, then please do let the practice know at the time of enquiry or booking, as they will understand your concerns and help to reassure you. For further information or to book an appointment, please get in touch with them by calling 01235 524595 or visit their website.