It’s National Smile Month (May 19 – June 19), and the spotlight is the UK’s oral health. Research says smiling makes us seem more attractive, sociable and confident. And, clean, healthy mouths have more to smile about. So, take our National Smile Month challenge and improve your oral health this summer.
What’s National Smile Month about?
The UK’s largest and longest running oral health campaign has 3 key messages. They are:
- Brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
These 3 steps to better oral health sound simple. So what’s the catch? The good news is, there isn’t one. Like many self-improvement goals in life (think getting fit or losing weight) small consistent steps are much better than big, radical changes. So, let’s get started.
1. Brush your teeth like a pro
Brushing our teeth is something we don’t think about. We pick up the brush, squeeze on some toothpaste and off we go. But are we wasting precious minutes in front of the bathroom mirror each morning? This video from Colgate is the perfect refresher course on how to brush our teeth properly. How does your technique measure up?
2. Tweak your snacking habits
Sugar is public enemy number 1 when it comes to tooth decay. But even though we know it’s bad for our health, most of us can’t help scoffing a chocolate bar now and again. We may not be able to resist indulging our sweet tooth, but adopting a smart snacking strategy can help:
- Eat sweets at mealtimes instead of snacking in between meals
- Use a straw to drink sugary drinks and fruit juice
- Rinse your mouth with water after sugary food and drink
3. Make a date with your dentist
It may not be top of our lists of fun things to do, but regular checkups are the best way to avoid a trip to the emergency dentist. It’s easy to forget about our teeth until something goes wrong. Even if teeth seem fine, your dentist will check for underlying issues and address them before they start causing problems. Setting a reminder on a smartphone is a great way to remember routine checkups.
So, the key is, small changes make a big difference to oral health. And, if you need to book a dental checkup or have any questions, please get in touch with our dental team in Gwersylt, Wrexham.