The return of National Smile Month gives you the chance to put a smile on your patient’s face

06
Apr
2017
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Leading health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, is delighted to announce the return of National Smile Month for 2017, with the campaign promising to bring with it a summer time of smiles right across the country. This year the UK’s largest and longest running oral health campaign takes place between 15 May and 15 June and aims to increase awareness of important oral health issues and make a significant difference to the well-being of millions of people. Supported by thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month promotes three key messages at the heart of good oral health; brush your…

Pioneering dental team crowned final nominate-a-smile award winners for teaching people with learning disabilities about oral health

22
Jun
2016

Nationals Smile Month 2016 may have now come to an end but we have one final special announcement to make. During the campaign we have awarded three very worthy winners, nominated by their peers, with the auspicious title of the ‘Face of National Smile Month’. But for our final award winner we have decided to not award it to just one person but to use it to recognise the amazing achievements of the community engagement team at Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise (PDSE). The Oral Health Foundation decided to award this special team with the prize due to their tireless work…

Visiting the dentist: an infographic

14
Jun
2016

A ‘healthy smile’ and ‘fresh breath’ are the keys to finding love, according to new research

13
Jun
2016

A healthy smile has been ranked as the physical attribute most likely to attract a new partner, according to new research carried out by leading health charity the Oral Health Foundation. More than two thirds of those polled (69 per cent) ranked it in their top three most attractive attributes, ahead of eyes (64 per cent), face (41 per cent) and body shape (24 per cent). The only attribute that achieved more votes than a smile was personality (71 per cent). Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, discussed what the findings may mean to our hopes…

What makes you smile? We reveal the 10 biggest things that officially put a smile on our faces

10
Jun
2016

A smile is usually a big giveaway to happiness, contentment and inner peace but what makes a person smile is usually very personal to them. From reaching the end of a good book, finding a runaway fiver on the street and even experiencing a traffic free morning commute, it’s the little things in life which can make us smile. As part of National Smile Month, the Oral Health Foundation have gone on a mission to find out what is most likely to put a smile on the faces of the great British public; and what we have found has revealed…

In pictures: Mercy Ships are bringing smiles and help to those most in need

09
Jun
2016
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Over the years Mercy Ships have generously given their amazing support to National Smile Month, the UK’s largest and longest running oral health campaign, organised by the Oral Health Foundation. Between them the two charities have helped to address some of the major inequalities in health and tackle the burden of dental disease by bringing smiles to some of the most in need people around the world. As National Smile Month’s ‘Charity Partner’, Mercy Ships are on a mission to increase access to healthcare throughout the world and during the oral health campaign they are taking dental messages, education and…

Are smiles key to winning Euro 2016?

08
Jun
2016

“Spit don’t rinse” for better oral health

06
Jun
2016
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Spitting is largely considered one of the worst habits a person can have yet that’s exactly what one leading health charity is asking all of us to do. “Spit don’t rinse” is the message from the Oral Health Foundation as new research reveals many of us could be putting our oral health at risk by making the mistake of spitting after we brush our teeth. The poll, conducted as part of National Smile Month, discovered almost two in three (62%) of us rinse our mouth with water after brushing our teeth, which actually makes us more prone to developing tooth…

National Smile Month competition winner has a smile we can all learn a lesson from

03
Jun
2016

As we enter the final stretch of National Smile Month 2016 we want to remind everyone how smiling can spread happiness to those around them. That is why we are excited to announce the third winner of our Nominate a Smile competition and the next face of National Smile Month 2016… congratulations to Gina Joseph. Gina works at Lavender Road Dental Clinic in Leicester and was nominated by her team due to how she constantly brings smile to everyone around her. Her colleague Laura Peel commented in her nomination: “Gina is guaranteed to make everybody in the practice smile daily.…

Business cards, earrings and the other absurd things we use to clean between our teeth

03
Jun
2016

Interdental brushes and floss may be top of the list when it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth, but a new poll has revealed some of the more absurd things millions of us are using to clean between our teeth, putting our oral health at serious risk. As part of National Smile Month, the Oral Health Foundation wanted to find out our habits for cleaning in between our teeth and in the process uncovered some of the ludicrous things we are using. Outside of interdental brushing and flossing, cocktail sticks came top (39%) of the undesirable items, with a large…