The awareness month, which runs from 18 May to 18 June, is led by the British Dental Health Foundation and encourages people to improve their oral health, aiming to raise awareness and make a positive difference to millions of people across the country. Members of the Oral Health Promotion Team at Lancashire Care are providing fun and friendly advice for people across the county bringing this important issue to the forefront and promoting the campaigns three key messages for good oral health:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
“Many people will underestimate the importance of having a healthy mouth; good oral health is vital for a healthy smile as well as a healthy body. Studies have shown a link between poor oral health and serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. We are pleased to be able to take part in this campaign and encourage people to find out more about how they can maintain a healthy mouth which will help their overall health and wellbeing.”
For help finding an NHS dentist, call your local dental helplines:
For help finding a dentist near you, please call your local helpline East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen for urgent and routine care 0845 53 33 230 / Central Lancashire for routine care 01772 325100 and for emergency care 01772 777397. You can find out more details about National Smile Month by visiting www.smilemonth.org.