In a nutshell, National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running oral health campaign.
Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month promotes three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the British Dental Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people throughout the UK.
With the help and enthusiasm of those who are passionate about health and wellbeing, National Smile Month 2015 saw hundreds of events and activities up and down the UK educate and engage local communities about the importance of a healthy mouth.
In 2015, the campaign took place between May 18 and June 18, encourages all dental and health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces – in fact anyone with an interest in good oral healthcare, to join in and help us educate, motivate and communicate positive oral health messages and improves the quality of smiles all around the UK.
But National Smile Month isn’t just about education and stressing the importance of a healthy mouth – the key to the success of the campaign is that we have lots fun doing it!
So what next?….
Register: If National Smile Month sounds perfect for you, simply fill in the early bird registration form for the campaign. The process will take a matter of minutes and will allow us to post you your very own National Smile Month starter pack as soon as it becomes available.
Plan your involvement: Start early and plan ahead – head over to ourEvents Hub and discover how you, your practice, hospital, school or workplace can take part in next year’s wonderful campaign. We have loads of great ideas to help you promote oral health, along with all the resources for you to make it as successful as possible!