Get your teeth into great shape this National Smile Month

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Marcus Davitt

14th May marks the start of National Smile Month – a month long initiative organised by the Oral Health Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and reduce the harm done by preventable oral diseases. 

At Bath Street Dental, we have built our dental care around the principles of preventive dentistry, so we are very keen supporters of this initiative and the opportunity to join in a national campaign that encourages everyone to look after their teeth and gums.

There has never been a better time than now, during National Smile Month, to make a real change to your oral health.  No matter how bad things might have got, or how many check ups you have put off, there is still time to improve your teeth and gums, and in doing so, improve your overall health.

Clean Teeth = Improved Overall Health

Yes, that is something that might shock you, but it isn’t only your mouth that might suffer as a result of poor oral health.  It is well documented that gum disease, which we know is caused by poor oral health, can also lead to complications such as heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis as well as increasing the risk of stroke and diabetes.  So, it makes sense to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible for greater overall wellbeing.

3 Steps to Better Oral Health

National Smile Month encourages all of us to follow 3 simple steps to better oral health:

    • Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste last thing at night and at least one other time during the day.
    • Cut down on how often you consume sugary foods or drinks
    • Visit your dentist regularly and as recommended by them

    It’s not all about education and following advice either, as NSM18 also has a fun element whereby supporters are encouraged to share their selfies on social media using the hashtag #mysmileyselfie.

    Whether you share your gleaming smile for all to see or just keep a quiet check on your brushing routine, we’d like to say well done to everyone who takes that little bit of extra care to help prevent avoidable oral diseases.  Keep it up and don’t forget, help and advice are always on hand here at Bath Street Dental, either ask at your next appointment, call us on 01242 259960 or click here to contact our Cheltenham practice.