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Join us in celebrating National Smile Month 2022. National Smile Month is all about promoting good oral health for all. In this guide, we take a look at what National Smile Month is and how you can get involved as well as our top 10 everyday oral health tips. For those that are wishing to take their smile to the next step, we will also be featuring information on Invisalign and teeth whitening.
National Smile Month is a charity campaign all about championing the benefits of having good oral health and promoting the value of a healthy smile. Between 16 May and 16 June, the Oral Health Foundation will be raising awareness of important health issues and helping to put a smile on everybody’s face.
Maintaining a healthy smile is more than achievable for most people but for some, this can be a challenge. Despite the many improvements in oral health over the last 40 years, inequalities continue to be a burden for countless individuals. The National Smile Month Organisation reaches out to communities to provide guidance on how to maintain good oral health. This year they are promoting four key messages:
You can get involved with National Smile Month by not only following the above steps but by sharing them with your friends and family too. For more information on how to achieve a healthier smile, read our top ten everyday oral health tips.
Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. Brushing your teeth helps to remove leftover food particles that can bond with saliva to form plaque. A build up of plaque can eventually damage your tooth enamel or even cause tooth decay. Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day can help prevent this.
Flossing is important because it removes plaque from places that your toothbrush alone can’t reach. If plaque is allowed to remain in these hard-to-reach areas, you could find yourself dealing with tooth decay or even gum disease.
Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel against acids created by the bacteria in your mouth. Using fluoride toothpaste long term can also decrease the rate of tooth decay and lessens the number of cavities the average person experiences. You can get fluoride toothpaste from any supermarket or pharmacy.
Along with creating enamel eating acids, sugar attracts the tiny bacteria that cause gingivitis and gum disease. These diseases can cause your gums to recede away from your teeth and destroy the protective tissues that hold your teeth in place.
You should aim to visit your dentist twice a year. Not only will they be able to check on the health of your teeth and gums but they will also offer advice and give your teeth a professional cleaning to get rid of tough plaque deposits.
A healthy diet is important not just for overall health but is important for your teeth in ways you might not expect. In addition to good nutrition provided by healthy foods that help your bones and teeth grow and stay healthy, a lot of fruits and vegetables are crunchy and chewy, which promotes the production of saliva. Foods that require a lot of chewing are good for the teeth because more saliva means the mouth is naturally washed out more often.
Stay hydrating is important for your overall health but drinking plenty of water is also good for your oral health. Not only does drinking lots of water help wash away any remaining food debris but it also makes sure that your body is able to produce plenty of saliva, which naturally helps to keep your mouth clean by removing bacteria.
Bacteria often accumulates on the tongue. Brushing this off with a scraper or toothbrush will help to prevent bad breath.
This may sound like common sense but you would be surprised at the number of people who unknowingly grind their teeth in their sleep or have a habit of biting their nails. Biting, chewing or grinding hard surfaces with your teeth can cause them to chip or break and should be avoided at all costs.
If you use your toothbrush every day as you should, it may become dirty. Also, over time, the bristles will get worn out and will become less effective at removing food and plaque from your mouth.
If you’re already following all of our oral health tips but are keen to take your smile to the next step, then look no further than Invisalign and Teeth Whitening.
Invisalign is perfect for straightening out your teeth, whilst teeth whitening will help your pearly whites truly sparkle.