National Smile Month 2018
June 14th, 2018
Did you know that from 14th May to 14th June, dentists, schools, pharmacies, community groups and others are all working hard to promote a very important annual event – National Smile Month. If you haven’t seen the famous smiley yet, here’s everything you need to know about the campaign, who’s behind it and why it matters so much.
What is National Smile Month?
Organised by UK oral health charity The Oral Health Foundation, the campaign objective is to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions.
Working alongside dentists, dental practices and healthcare professionals throughout the UK, National Smile Month is about engaging communities and emphasising three key messages, which together can go a long way in helping us 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.
- Reduce the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume
- Get regular dental checkups – as often as your dentist recommends.
The aim of this year’s campaign is to encourage adults and children across the UK to follow these simple daily steps to improve their oral health for the long term – and to have fun doing it
The campaign is being supported not just by dentists, but also by health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces which are all joining in to help educate, motivate and communicate positive oral health messages and improve the quality of smiles all around the UK.
Who is National Smile Month for?
National Smile Month is for anybody who is passionate about health and wellbeing, keen to raise awareness of important health issues, and ultimately, ready to help make a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people throughout the UK.
In particular, it is of particular relevance to parents and families to help ensure that children get their teeth off to the best possible start.
What is the Oral Health Foundation?
Formed in 1971, the Oral Health Foundation’s core principle is to promote the preventive message that ‘Teeth are for Life’ as widely as possible to the public with the aim of improving the overall oral health of everyone.
The Oral Health Foundation is an independent charity (not for profit) dedicated to improving oral health and wellbeing around the world. It has now spent over 40 years providing expert, independent and impartial advice on all aspects of oral health directly to those who need it most.
The organisation works closely with UK and European governments, dental and health professionals, manufacturers, the dental trade, national and local agencies and the public, to achieve its mission of addressing the inequalities which exist in oral health, changing people’s lives for the better.
What Can I do for National Smile Month?
If you haven’t seen your dentist or hygienist for a while, then what better time to book an appointment? Regular dental visits are an essential part of good tooth care, but it can be hard to keep regular appointments in this busy world.
At Battle Road Dental Practice, we pride ourselves in providing high quality treatment in the pleasant environment here at our practice in St Leonards on Sea. Even the most reluctant of patients can feel comfortable and relaxed with us – so why not drop us a line on 08443 879788 and book your appointment now.