Running from 19 May to 19 June, National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest running oral health campaign. It’s aim is to promote three key messages:
- To brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste
- To reduce the intake of sugary drinks and food in your diet
- To visit your dentist for regular check-ups.
Organised by the British Dental Foundation, National Smile Month aims to raise awareness of these important oral health messages and in doing so improve the oral health of millions of people in the UK. If you would like to find out more information, visit http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org.
National Smile Month highlights the importance of good oral health, especially as research suggests there is a link between poor oral health and dementia, heart attacks, complications during pregnancy, male sexual health problems and strokes.
In a survey of 2000 people, 83% did not know that poor oral health could be linked to pneumonia, 82% did not know that it could be linked to colon cancer, 79% did not know that it could be linked to strokes and 90% did not know that it could be linked to dementia. National Smile Month highlights these issues so you know how to minimise your risk of developing these through poor oral health. By just doing the three basic things listed above, you will minimise these risks and improve the health of your teeth and gums.