Smile Like You Mean It – It’s National Smile Month!
Did you know that July is National Smile Month? This year is particularly important, as the charity campaign to improve the nation’s oral health celebrates its 40th anniversary. So what is National Smile Month all about?
What is National Smile Month?
Organised by 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. Working alongside dentists and dental practices throughout the UK, National Smile Month is about highlighting 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 this year’s campaign is to encourage adults and children across the UK to follow these simple daily steps to improve their oral health for the long term. The 2016 anniversary campaign is being supported not just by dentists, but also by health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces which are all joining in to help educate, motivate and communicate positive oral health messages and improve the quality of smiles all around the UK.
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) 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 directly to those who need it most. 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.
What Can I do for National Smile Month?
If you haven’t seen your dentist or hygienist for a while, then what better time to book an appointment? Regular dental visits are an essential part of good tooth care, but it can be hard to keep regular appointments in this busy world. Your dentist will be able to check on your teeth as well as advise you on the best way to protect them.
Here at At Wickersley Dental Practice in Rotherham, we try our best to offer you an appointment at a convenient day and time to make it as easy as possible for you to schedule and keep your appointments. We also pride ourselves in providing high quality treatment in the pleasant environment. Even the most reluctant of patients can feel comfortable and relaxed with us – so why not drop us a line and book your check up now?
Whether you are an existing patient or wish to become a member of our friendly and professional practice, we would love to hear from you. Simply submit the online form to arrange a meeting, or call us on 01709 543033.