The UK’s largest and longest running oral health campaign, National Smile Month, is on our doorstep once more. From 16 May to 16 June, dental health professionals will be turning up the volume on the important oral health issues we all face.
What are the key points of the National Smile Month campaign?
Oral health experts want to spread the message that there are three simple steps to maintaining a health mouth.
Firstly, brush your teeth last thing at night with a fluoride toothpaste, and on at least one other occasion. Secondly, limit the sugar that comes into contact with your teeth by reducing the frequency of sugary foods and drinks. And, thirdly, don’t avoid the dentist!
Your dentist will guide you on how often you should make an appointment – heeding their advice is a crucial part of achieving good oral health.
At our central London specialist dental practice, our hygienists work hard to show our patients the optimal at-home regime. Another message the campaign wants to get across is the value in chewing sugar-free gum after eating or drinking. We have developed into a nation of grazers, snacking as race about to keep up with our on-the-go lifestyles – and our teeth pay the price.
Research has shown the remarkable work sugar-free gum does to help promote the re-mineralisation of tooth enamel and neutralise harmful plaque acids.
Can I get involved?
At London specialist dental practice 76 Harley Street, a happy, healthy, confident smile is one of our principal aims. The National Smile Month campaign has played a crucial role in improving the nation’s oral health for forty years but it is not just designed for dental professionals. Community groups, schools, pharmacies and workplaces are encouraged to join in too. There are lots of fun ideas at www.nationalsmilemonth.org to share with your group.