National Smile Month is a charity campaign all about championing the benefits of having good oral health and promoting the value of a healthy smile.
Between 17 May and 17 June, the Oral Health Foundation will be raising awareness of important health issues and ready to put a smile on everybody’s face. We want you to join us and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people. We are hosting their campaign video on our media website for our clients to use on their www.envisagedental.net waiting room TV system.
Why your support is needed
Maintaining a healthy smile can be simple but for so many this can be very difficult. Despite the many improvements in oral health over the last 40 years, inequalities continue to be a burden for countless individuals.
National Smile Month is your chance to reach people in the heart of your community. Help others achieve better oral health by sharing important oral health messages.
Educating your clients through the waiting room TV – using a number of the engaging and educational videos to promote oral healthcare, is one of the simplest and most effective ways of helping people improve their understanding of tooth decay, oral hygiene, teeth care and other topics.
- A quarter of all children starting school have tooth decay.
- Around a quarter of all adults say they have not visited a dentist in the past two years.
- Three in every ten adults suffer from regular dental pain.
- A quarter of adults don’t brush their teeth twice a day and over four-fifths of the population have at least one filling.
Most health inequalities are almost entirely preventable and National Smile Month gives us a timely reminder that we can make a difference. By establishing links with homeless shelters, community and day-care centres, residential homes and hostels during National Smile Month, you can ensure people have access to the care and information they deserve – it’s also goodwill for your organisation too.
Children’s oral health
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. It affects more than one in four 5-year olds. It is the number one reason why children are admitted to hospital for a general anaesthetic. We want to increase oral health education in the classroom. From brushing their first tooth, to their first trip to the dentist, to learning more about their diet, a child’s oral health plays a key part in their early year’s wellbeing.
We are dedicated to improving the oral health of young children everywhere by continuing to help dental health professionals and nearby schools develop strong relationships.
Good oral health is hugely important
With your help National Smile Month can have long-lasting benefits on the quality of thousands of lives. Poor oral health doesn’t just cause problems inside the mouth. Studies continue to associate poor oral health to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes, pneumonia, premature babies and other major conditions.
A smile is hugely important to our personalities, self-confidence, relationships and success. With a good oral health routine, and with your support during National Smile Month, we can help reduce the number of people suffering from these conditions.
Much of the content in this Blog has been derived from the Oral Health Foundation explanation statement regarding National Smile Month, the full article can be found by <<<clicking here>>>