As the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign in promoting good oral health, National Smile Month is the ideal time to start paying attention to how you can get great oral hygiene.

Not taking care of your mouth in the correct way can lead to obvious problems, such as bad breath and yellowing of the teeth, but did you know it can also have more serious effects, including the build-up of plaque, and an increased risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes & even lung disease?

Running from Monday the 15th of May to Thursday the 15th of June, National Smile Month stresses the importance of three key messages in achieving a healthy mouth:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  2. Cut down on sugary foods and drinks
  3. Visit your dentist for regular checkups

Good oral hygiene is not only important for your health - it can also have a big effect on your lifestyle too. It can improve self-confidence, performance at work, and even prospective relationships.

To help you identify whether you have a problem with oral hygiene, we have listed a number of common signs below:

  • Persistent sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Problems with gums, such as swelling, tenderness or bleeding when you brush 
  • A receding gum line
  • Bad breath
  • Poorly aligned teeth

If you find yourself suffering from any of the above and think your oral hygiene isn’t perhaps where it should be, book a consultation with your dentist or hygienist today.

For more information about National Smile Month, including tips & advice, and how to get involved, visit: nationalsmilemonth.org/