National Smile Month 2017 continues but where did it all come from? In a nutshell, National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.
Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month highlights 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 Oral Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions.
With the help and enthusiasm of those who are passionate about health and wellbeing, National Smile Month 2017 hopes to see thousands of events and activities up and down the UK educate and engage local communities about the importance of a healthy mouth.
In 2017, the campaign will take place between 15 May and 15 June, and will encourage 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!
Reasons to Brush – In 2016 scientists discovered that brushing your teeth regularly could slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease as gum disease can speed up mental decline by six times.
The best electric toothbrushes we have found are
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Electric Toothbrush, £149.95
This sleek and stylish, this Sonicare toothbrush from Philips comes with both a charger glass – just place the toothbrush inside and watch it charge – and a handy charging travel case.
It has five brushing modes; clean, white, polish, gum care and sensitive so you can choose the setting best for you. Buy Now
Or how about the stylish FOREO ISSA – MORE THAN JUST AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH: YOUR COMPLETE ORAL CARE SOLUTION
FOREO ISSA’s combination of Sonic Pulse Technology and unique silicone design helps clean and whiten your teeth like never before. The ISSA electric toothbrush has an all silicone brush that gently cleans your teeth and is an excellent gum massager. Buy Now
It has 2 brush head sizes and a KidPacer delivering fun and engaging musical tones. Fun sounds encourage kids to brush their entire mouth effectively for the dentist-recommended 2 minutes. Buy Now
Fabulous teeth and fabulous fresh breath favourites are
The Breath Co (www.thebreathco.com ) have a range of premium oral care products including their Mouth Wetting Lozenges which are perfect for summer season as not only do they restore fresh breath in an instant, they also relieve a dry mouth!
The lozenges work in three steps:
- The citrus mint formula quickly eliminates any unpleasant flavours and odors in your mouth
- The clinical strength powers of Zinc, Oxygen and Xylitol attack the germs that cause bad breath
- The proprietary mouth wetting agent stimulates saliva production to help fight dry mouth
The Breath Co. Fresh Breath Dry Mouth Lozenges £9 – www.boots.com
Diamond Whites offer at-home, salon-based and mobile based teeth whitening services across the UK. Their hero Black Edition charcoal range changes the way you whiten your teeth and also strengthens gums, removes toxins from the mouth and absorbs bacteria!
When using their Black Edition Charcoal (£13.99 at Superdrug) . The range also comprises of their Black Edition Liquid mouthwash (£9.99 at Superdrug) and mint whitening Black Edition Paste (£9.99, exclusively at diamondwhites.co.uk) Buy Now
All of the Diamond Whites products are strictly non peroxide and are 100% compliant with all EU Laws.
DenTek, the innovative oral brand has expanded its range to cater for sensitive teeth, bruxism and children.
The new range offers Sensitive Extra Gentle Floss Picks and Sensitive Extra Gentle with an advanced fluoride coating at £5.99 Buy Now
To fight Bruxism (tooth grinding) DenTek’s new Platinum Dental Guard has been designed for added comfort with its 4D Flex Technology and cushioned bite pads. The easy to fit guard is reusable and prevents night time grinding and its side effects.
To help make brushing more appealing to children DenTek has expanded the DenTek Kids range with fun Fun Flossers and Animal Toothbrush Covers, £4.00, with fun designs such as a dog, lion and penguin. The covers allow for ventilation keeping dirt and germs at bay on the go and in the bathroom. Buy Now
DenTek’s NEW products are available in Boots stores. Buy Now