Is the UK’s juicing craze fuelling a tooth erosion epidemic?

15
Jun
2017

FRUIT JUICES AND SMOOTHIES have often been lauded by fitness companies to promote positive images of health and wellbeing but a leading charity is severely concerned that the trend of ‘juicing’ could be lead to irreversible damage for the nation’s teeth. New research by the Oral Health Foundation into the United Kingdom’s dietary habits has revealed that around two in every five (43%) adults are consuming one or more fruit juices or smoothies every day. As some fruit juices and smoothies contain up to four times the recommended daily amount of sugar in one serving, the acidity of such drinks…

#mysmileyselfie competition winners chosen

15
Jun
2017
Graham Bryant and Jane Conroy, Littlehampton

Today sadly marks the last day of National Smile Month 2017 and here at the Oral Health Foundation we are in the process of packing away our Smileys and taking down our campaign bunting, balloons, posters and everything else which we have decorated the offices with over the last month. But we are not quite finished yet…. We have one final very important announcement, the winners of this year’s #MySmileySelfie competition! Yes, that’s right, out of the thousands of Smiley selfies we have been sent via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook we have manged to whittle out three lucky winners, all…

Spectacular Smiley Assembly for Leicester special needs school

08
Jun
2017

As part of National Smile Month, West Gate School in Glenfield, Leicestershire, received a very special visit from the Society of British Dental Nurses (SBDN) who treated pupils and staff, to two extraordinary assemblies to show them the importance of maintaining a healthy smile. Fiona Ellwood and Lisa Chamberlain from the SBDN designed and delivered two amazing assemblies for both primary and secondary children at the school, all of which have differing levels of special needs The wonderful children of West Gate School were a credit to their school as they all listened intently as Fiona and Lisa got them…

Interdental brushes overtake traditional floss as nation’s favourite way to clean in-between teeth

05
Jun
2017

Interdental brushing has overtaken traditional floss as the preferred way in which Brits clean in-between their teeth, research as part of oral health campaign National Smile Month has revealed. The poll, conducted by the Oral Health Foundation, found more than a third of British adults now choose interdental brushes (34%) to clean in between their teeth, surpassing traditional floss (31%) for the first time. The other methods which were favoured included floss tape (17%), floss harps (12%) and waterjets (7%) such as the Phillips AirFloss. Nearly two in three now clean between their teeth regularly (62%), which is more than…

Concern for health charity as new research finds two million Brits travel more than 40 miles to access dental care

02
Jun
2017

A leading charity has expressed deep concerns over access to oral healthcare in the United Kingdom, as new research reveals more than two million Brits are facing a 40-mile round-trip to be seen by a dentist. An investigation by the Oral Health Foundation also shows around one in five (21%) live further than ten miles away from their current dental practice, raising severe concerns about access for those in rural areas, the elderly and those who suffer with mobility difficulties. The oral health charity is now urging the government to urgently address issues such as geographical isolation, the growing elderly…

National Smile Month competition winner from Langley Mill proves to have a timeless smile

02
Jun
2017

Eighty-nine-year-old Muriel Warren from Langley Mill in Derbyshire has been announced as the third winner of this year’s ‘Nominate A Smile’ competition after she proved to have a timelessly wonderful smile. The Oral Health Foundation, who organise the competition during National Smile Month, handpicked Muriel as one of their faces of National Smile Month 2017 from hundreds of entries received by the charity. Muriel, who turns ninety next week, was nominated by her granddaughter Amy Booth, who said: “My lovely grandma has an incredibly natural smile which I think is just amazing and she is simply a wonderful person. “Just…

Become a part of history! Break a world record in the name of National Smile Month

02
Jun
2017

We have seen so many fantastic events around the country so far during National Smile Month but this one could be a record breaker, quite literally. As this year’s campaign enters its second act we want to share with you an opportunity for you to be part of a hugely special Guinness World Record attempt. The University of Glasgow Dental School is inviting you to register to be part of a thousand people who are aiming to set a world record for creating the world’s biggest smile at the Scottish Event Campus on Friday 9 June. The attempt is part…

Smiles & sunshine for ‘Nominate a Smile’ winner

26
May
2017
HeatherFerrolWEB

The second week of National Smile Month has been full of sunshine, campaigning and a lot of wonderful Nominate a Smile entries! We are delighted to announce that a very special lady has been chosen as our latest competition winner, on the back of receiving amazing support from everybody she has touched with her smile. Heather Ferrol, 57 from Stranraer, was nominated for the award by the team at her local dental practice, Southwest Smile Care Centre. The nomination was made through Facebook and Heather was proven to have massive support as the post was shared more than 150 times.…

Looking for love? It’s all in the smile! The five oral health hacks that could land you the partner of your dreams

26
May
2017

Are you still searching for the one? Well we have some good news for you. It’s National Smile Month, which means it’s time for you to make the most of one of your best asset and brush up on your oral health. So, whether you’re looking to impress on a first date, trying to clinch that crucial second one, or just looking to shine out from the crowd, having a healthy smile may just be key to your future love life. National Smile Month is the nation’s annual reminder to prioritise your oral health. As part of the charity campaign…

Sing-a-Long to our National Smile Month Songs!

25
May
2017

National Smile Month is in full swing and we’ve seen a fantastic start to the campaign. Thousands of people across the country are getting involved by promoting positive oral hygiene messages while at the same time putting smiles on lots of faces. Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of this year’s campaign so far is our two official campaign songs provided by Health Matters Education, a group who are dedicated to improving the health, fitness and well-being of children across the country. We are so excited to share with you two amazing songs which can be used to spread fantastic oral…