National Smile Month (19 May-19 June 2014)
15/05/2014Think about your mouth and keeping it healthy
This year’s National Smile Month, which is taking place from 19 May to 19 June, is promoting three main messages to improve oral health.
Michele Oliver, Clinical Director at the Southern Trust’s Community Dental Services, says that although our dental health nationally is improving there is still work to do.
“Surprisingly, a third of all children starting school have tooth decay. Around a quarter of all adults say they have not visited a dentist in the past two years. Three in every ten adults suffer from regular dental pain. A quarter of adults don’t brush their teeth twice a day and over four-fifths of the population have at least one filling.”
This year, the three main messages to improve oral health are:
1. Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
2. Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
3. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
“Poor oral health doesn’t just cause problems inside the mouth,” adds Mrs Oliver. “A smile is hugely important to our personalities, self-confidence, relationships and success. General health is also at risk too as research associates poor oral health with serious health problems such as poorly controlled diabetes, heart disease, stroke and aspiration pneumonia.”
During Smile Month, the Community Dental Service is encouraging everyone to think about their mouth and keeping it healthy. For more information go to www.smilemonth.org