23rd May 2023 2 Minutes read time

National Smile Month

Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles

It’s that time of year again! National Smile Month is an annual campaign dedicated to promoting good oral health, and raising awareness about the importance of healthy teeth and gums. It is organised by the Oral Health Foundation to raise awareness of important health issues and this year will be from May 15th – June 15th. 

We are helping to make a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people by supporting this campaign, and letting our patients hear their important oral health messages.

Read on for more tips and tricks to keep your teeth healthy this month and beyond.

The theme of National Smile Month 2023

This year’s theme is ‘Brush for better health’. Twice daily toothbrushing is the cornerstone to good oral health. It removes plaque from the surfaces of our teeth, preventing build up which can cause tooth decay.

There will be a focus each week for the next four months for tips on how to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy. 

Dental care tips for a healthy smile

woman smiling in sunshine with white teeth

Although most people brush regularly, many don’t clean between their teeth and some people don’t have regular dental check-ups. A few small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference in the long term.

Removing plaque and bits of food from around your teeth is important as this will stop your gums from becoming inflamed. Tartar is what plaque will turn into when it hardens, which can only be removed by a dental team. You can use the tools you have at home to keep up a daily dental routine, including your toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. 

Oral health for different age groups

child and parent brushing teeth together

Children’s teeth – You should start taking your children to the dentist as soon as possible, primarily to get them used to the noises, smells and overall dental environment. This will help prevent dental anxiety in the future. 

Once all the teeth have appeared, use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles in small, circular movements and try to concentrate on one section at a time.

Teens’ teeth – If you are drinking fizzy drinks, try to use a straw. It is also important to remember to wear a professionally made mouthguard whenever you play any sport that involves contact or moving objects.

Older people – As we get older, our gums may start to recede. However, you are not certain to lose your teeth in old age. Ask your dentist about the best brushing methods or recommended mouthwashes for sensitive gums and teeth.

Final tips

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Spit toothpaste out after brushing and do not rinse.
  • Use a toothbrush with a small- to medium-sized head.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft to medium, multi-tufted, round-ended nylon bristles.
  • Consider using a power toothbrush.
  • Use small, circular movements to clean your teeth.
  • Change your toothbrush regularly, and at least every 3 months.
  • Clean between your teeth every day using interdental brushes or dental floss.
  • Have sugary drinks and foods less often.
  • Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.

For further tips, visit the Oral Health Foundation website.

Keep an eye out for our posts about National Smile Month throughout the upcoming weeks, and remember to hashtag #SmileMonth to share your brushing techniques with the world!

To book your next dental appointment, get in touch with us.

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