Did you know that it’s National Smile Month? National Smile Month is a campaign that takes place every year between May and June. In fact, it’s the UK’s largest oral health campaign.
This year, National Smile Month is being held between the 13th of May and the 13th of June. Want to know more about it? Read on!
What is National Smile Month?
National Smile month is run by the British Dental Health Foundation. They’re a charity whose goal is to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.
National Smile Month started in 1977 in the West Midlands. At first, it was called the “Smile 77″ project. Poet Pam Ayres wrote a poem called “I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth” for it, a poem that would later be voted as one of the nation’s favourite poems in a BBC poll. Smile 77 was held again the following year, and the year after that it was renamed to National Smile Week.
National Smile Week soon became National Smile Month, however. What’s more, in 2009, the campaign was held in the USA for the first time, when the British Dental Health Foundation partnered with oral health America to reach an estimated 180 million people. The slogan that year was “Brush for Health” and the campaign aimed to educate people about the link between poor oral health and other illnesses.
Currently, the campaign encourages stakeholders in the UK – including dentists, doctors, pharmacists, schools, and workplaces – to help communicate the message about the need for good oral health. Throughout National Smile Month, thousands of events are held across the UK to educate people about the importance of a healthy mouth.
What are the goals of National Smile Month?
The goal of National Smile Month is to improve the nation’s oral health. To do this, the campaign has three main messages, all of which are important for maintaining a healthy mouth.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. One of the times should be just before you go to bed.
- Limit the number of sugary foods and drinks that you consume, as well as the number of times per day that you consume them.
- Make sure to visit your dentist for regular checkups.
How can I take part in National Smile Month?
People can take part in National Smile Month in many ways. You can hold an event to raise awareness about oral health, for example, or you can fundraise for the British Dental Health Foundation. Another way you can take part is just by posting something on your social media feed. Even the smallest act can help to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. In the end, all the acts add up and hopefully have real change on the health of everyone’s teeth.
In this post, we’ve talked about National Smile Month, the largest oral health campaign in the UK. If you’d like to know more about it, then visit the campaign’s website at http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/. It has lots of information about the campaign, including what you can do to take part.