Spreading the word in Smile Month
If you are one of our patients, you are no doubt caring for your mouth as you should. But you would be surprised how many people don’t and how potentially risky their self-neglect is. Here are a few statistics:
- 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
These figures comes from the British Dental Health Foundation Smile Month website http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org
Smile Month takes place in May and June. It’s a valuable opportunity to publicise some important oral health messages. Poor oral health doesn’t just cause problems inside the mouth. A smile is hugely important to our personalities, self-confidence, relationships and success. Studies continue to associate poor oral health to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes, pneumonia, premature babies and other major conditions. With a good oral health routine, most of these conditions are preventable.
If you have any friends or family who wants some dental advice, the BDHF has a free helpline Monday to Friday 9am-5pm 0845 063 1188. Or do recommend them to us.