National Smile Month runs from 19th May to 19th June this year.
National Smile Month runs from 19th May to 19th June this year, and is organised by the British Dental Health Foundation to help the nation keep their teeth and gums healthy.
National Smile Month promotes three key suggestions that you can follow to improve your oral health:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
If in doubt, use a timer to check you’re not brushing for less than two minutes. If you’re unsure if you’re using the right toothpaste for you and your family, speak to your dental team who will be able to advise you further.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
This will limit the time that your teeth are under acid attack for, reducing the risk of tooth decay. If you are going to consume sugary foods and drinks, try to keep them to meal times.
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
Regular visits to the dentist will help to stop dental problems before they start. Your dental team are also often able to spot problems such as gum disease that can cause tooth loss and mouth cancer. If caught early, these problems can be successfully treated.
Although these things may seem obvious, a lot of people still struggle to get them right. Try focusing on your oral health care habits this month, and see if you can make a tiny change to your daily routine to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life.
To find out more about National Smile Month, visit their official website.
Published: May 19th, 2014