It’s National Smile Month!

National Smile Month is run by The Oral Health Foundation, a ‘not for profit charity’ with a focus on oral health. It runs for a month every year and this year it runs from May the 14th to June the 14th.

The month itself puts a spotlight on everything oral health, from prevention of diseases, to fun facts about the smile and teeth. However, the organisation works throughout the year to bring attention to oral health causes and works with governments, organisations, the dental trade and many more people and businesses, to help to improve people’s lives when it comes to oral health.

National Smile Month highlights three important messages within oral health which are:

●     We need to brush twice a day for two minutes, using a fluoride toothpaste

●     We need to attend dental checkups every six month, or as often as advised

●     We need to avoid sugary and starchy food and drink

These messages are really important, and here at Crown House Dental in Egham, we wanted to delve a little deeper into these points, to help you keep your oral health in tip top condition.

Brushing Twice A Day For Two Minutes Is The Foundation Of A Great Oral health Regime

Brushing your teeth is a basic action needed to help keep your teeth healthy. It brushes away all the bacteria, food debris and plaque that if left behind, causes problems. If that plaque is not brushed away, it can irritate the gums, and it can stick to the teeth where bacteria feed on it, and release acid which eats into the teeth, causing decay.

Brushing is also when we check the health of our teeth and any bleeding, pain or other problems come to light, so they can be checked by your Egham dentist. Brushing for two minutes gives you 30 seconds for each section (the inside of your top arch, the outside of your top arch, the inside of your bottom arch, the outside of your bottom arch). If you are unsure about your brushing technique or the products you are using, your Egham hygienist can help.

Attending Dental Checkups Helps Keep Your Oral Health In Check

Attending dental checkups every 6 months or as advised means that everything in your mouth can be checked over. Any issues can be spotted early and treated, saving you discomfort, more treatments and more costs in the future. We are there to check that everything you are doing between appointments to care for your teeth is working.

Avoiding Sugary And Starchy Drinks And Food Will Help Keep Your Smile Healthy

Sugar and starch in the diet will not harm the teeth if consumption is kept to a minimum. However, if it is consumed regularly, no amount of brushing or rinsing will protect the teeth from the damage caused by these kinds of products. Your diet should be balanced and healthy for optimum oral health and general health.

Need To Book A Checkup?

If you would like further advice on caring for your teeth, or you need to book a checkup, please call your Egham dentist on 01784432641 and we will be pleased to book you an appointment at a time convenient to you. We are here to help you have the happiest, healthiest smile during National Smile Month, and during every month of the year!

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