National Smile Month 202325th April 2023
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 – Friday, Jun 16, 2023 marks National Smile Month. The Oral Health Improvement Team want to remind everyone how important it is to look after your smile.
- By keeping our teeth and gums healthy we are more likely to reduce our risk of certain cancers, particularly in women, as well as some forms of dementia.
- The number of teeth we have is strongly linked to how long we will live – those with 20 teeth or more at the age of 70years have a considerably higher chance of living longer than those with less than 20 teeth.
- Gum disease can potentially increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
- Pregnant women with healthy gums may be less likely tohave pre-eclampsia, a baby that is premature or an underweight baby.
For more information on this, visit the Oral Health Foundation https://www.dentalhealth.org/
For more information on the Oral Health Improvement Team Oral Health Improvement (sharepoint.com)
Here are some tips on how to keep your smile healthy:
- Brush last thing at night, and one other time throughout the day with a fluoride toothpaste
- When brushing, spit out the excess toothpaste and do NOT rinse with water.
- Have sugary foods and drinks less often.
- Visit the dentist every 6 months