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National Smile Month 2015 25-03-2015

Whilst the heating remains on and you’re still waking to the prospect of de-icing the windscreen once again, the Summer may seem far away. However it’s not too early to start planning for National Smile Month, which this year takes place from 18th May until 18th June.

National Smile Month is described as the UK’s ‘largest and longest-running oral health campaign’, and is organised by the British Dental Health Foundation. It ultimately aims to improve the oral health of everyone in the UK. Three essential pieces of advice will be widely promoted throughout the month:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice per day: once last thing at night and on at least one other occasion during the day. Remember to use a fluoride toothpaste!
  • Reduce the amount of sugary food and drinks you consume
  • Keep up your regular dental checks. Ensure you visit as often as your dentist recommends.

Thousands of individuals and organisations of all shapes and sizes will be getting involved over National Smile Month with all sorts of activities taking place. All dental and health professionals, pharmacies, colleges, schools, workplaces, community groups and youth clubs are encouraged to get involved with activities over the course of the month. Although the aim of the month is to emphasise and promote the importance of good oral health, the key to the success of the campaign is to have lots of fun too!

The National Smile Month website features an Events Hub with lots of great ideas for how to get involved. Have you ever considered hosting a ‘Smileathon’, a class visit to the dentist, or a toothbrush exchange? Lots of information is readily available on these pages that will give you not only some great ideas, but also some pointers about useful resources and where to obtain them.

If you’d like to involve your workplace, school or group in National Smile Month, the first thing you’ll need to do is register your details. Your registration pack will then be sent through. Your pack will include lots of information about National Smile Month such as resources catalogues and guides to fundraising, as well as a set of ‘Smileys’.

We’ll be posting updates about our activities and events at Ock Street for National Smile Month over the next few months: keep reading to find out more!

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