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 for two minutes twice a day 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 2014 will see hundreds of events and activities up and down the UK educate and engage local communities about the importance of a healthy mouth.
The campaign, which takes place between May 19 and June 19, 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 than simply register your details here. The process will take a matter of minutes and will allow us to send you through your very own registration pack with five free Smileys. We only have 15,000 to give away so please don’t hesitate to get on board.
Take a Smiley ‘selfie’: If you have already received your registration pack or are lucky enough to already have your hands on one of our Smileys, then get out your camera, phone or tablet and take some smiley snaps. Then share them with the world and upload then them to Twitter using the #NSM14, or via our Facebook page.
Get involved: Head over to our Events Hub and discover how you, your practice, hospital, school or workplace can take part in this 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!