National Smile Month: what's it all about?
As you may or may not be aware, not only does May symbolise the start of the warmer weather - it is also the beginning of National Smile Month!
The UK’s largest and longest running campaign in promoting good oral health, National Smile Month takes place from the 14th of May to the 14th June and promotes three key messages:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Cut down on sugary food and drinks
- Visit your dentist regularly
Run by the Oral Health Foundation, National Smile Month has been a hugely successful campaign for over 40 years, with thousands of organisations now taking part. Designed to improve the overall oral health of the nation, the charity encourages all dental & health professionals, schools and community groups to get involved and acknowledge the importance of a healthy gums and teeth.
What is 'good' oral health?
Good oral health is so much more than just an aesthetically pleasing smile. Not taking care of your mouth in the correct way can lead to obvious problems, such as bad breath and yellowing of the teeth, but it can also have more serious effects, including the build-up of plaque, and an increased risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes & even lung disease.
In addition, your oral hygiene is not only important for your health - it can also have a big effect on your lifestyle too. It can improve self-confidence, performance at work, and even prospective relationships.
If you have suspicions that your oral health isn't perhaps where it should be, here are a few telltale signs to look out for:
- Bleeding or sore gums
- Bad breath
- Build-up of plaque
- Sensitive teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
If you are suffering from any of the above and or have any concerns about your mouth, we recommend making an appointment to visit your dentist or hygienist now. Overall, keeping on top of your oral health means a happier healthier you!
To discover more about National Smile Month, or to get involved, please visit their website here.