National Smile Month 2018
Last week, National Smile Month 2018 came to an end. The annual event, now in it’s 41st year, runs from 14th May to 14th June. It is supported by dentists, schools, pharmacies, community groups and others are all working hard to promote healthy teeth for life.
While this year’s campaign may now have drawn to a close, it is important to remember that the key messages of National Smile Month are important all year round. It is never too late to make positive changes to give our family’s teeth the best chance.
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.
With the support of dentists, dental practices and healthcare professionals throughout the UK, National Smile Month strives to engage communities and emphasise 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 the campaign is to encourage adults and children across the UK to follow these simple daily steps to improve their oral health. Not just for the duration of the campaign, but for the long-term – and to have fun doing it.
The campaign is supported not just by dentists, but also by health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces are participate 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.
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). They are 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.
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.
Keeping your family smiling
If you haven’t seen your dentist or hygienist for a while, now is the perfect time to book an appointment. Although regular dental visits are promoted as an essential part of good tooth care, dentists recognise that it can be hard to keep regular appointments in this busy and demanding world. Don’t worry how long it’s been, just call now and book your check-ups.
At Wickersley Dental Practice, we pride ourselves on offering expert dental care for all the family. We treat our patients in a relaxed and comfortable environment. To book an appointment today, call us on 01709 543033 now or click here for more ways to get in touch.
Posted by Wickersley Dental Practice on 19th June 2018, under Dental News