There is evidence to suggest that not everyone keeps to the three basic messages that can help improve oral health.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day using fluoride toothpaste
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- Visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
Established in 1976, National Smile Week is organised by the British Dental Health Foundation and since it first began the campaign has helped change the oral heal of the UK.
Looking after your oral health can make a difference to how healthy you are.
Poor oral health has been linked to quite a few unpleasant things including high blood pressure during pregnancy
Dementia could be brought on by increased poor oral health
Scientists have even discovered severe gum disease could lead to a higher risk of developing oral cancer
It costs us nothing to smile but it can make a big difference to the person you smile at and could also have a positive effect on your physical and mental health.
Bad breath is very unpleasant and can lower self-esteem, it is caused by gas producing bacteria on teeth and on the tongue help get ride of it by taking better care of your teeth and removing plaque.
Robert Burns, the famous poet once called toothache the ‘hell o’ a’ diseases’ and anyone who has suffered from it would probably agree with his sentiment.
Make sure you avoid the pain and discomfort of toothache by regularly getting checked by your dentist.