You may have noticed more dental stories than usual in the press recently. The reason? It has been National Smile month. Organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, it is the UK’s largest and longest-running oral health campaign whose ultimate aim is to improve our dental health.
Let’s face some tooth truths
In its mission to educate and motivate us, the campaign focused on three simple key messages:
- brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste
- cut down on frequency of sugary drinks and foods
- visit your dentist regularly – as often as you are advised.
While many people would consider these to be the most basic habits, the British Dental Survey did highlight a degree of scepticism among the public about some oral health advice. For example, while research has shown electric toothbrushes are more efficient in removing plaque, one in four of us think they are only for lazy people. Another surprising discovery is one in five people surveyed think fluoride is simply a marketing gimmick – but, proven to reduce dental decay by at least 40%, we know its benefit to be very real indeed.
And let’s take care of our teeth
It’s all too common for people only to become sensitive to the needs of their teeth when problems being to arise, but prevention is clearly preferable to cure. At our specialist dental practice in central London, our dental hygienists give our patients detailed advice on the most effective home-care methods, enabling them to keep their mouths in the healthiest of conditions for the long-term future.
Furthermore, our specialist dental practice is proud to offer a bespoke service for teenagers: award-winning dental hygienist Tracy Tang runs a Saturday morning clinic in central London for older children and teenagers, arming them with the preventative advice they need to care effectively for their teeth and gums.