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31 May

Market Place Dental will be taking the awareness message to the Dunmow Town Square on 7 June from 11am as part of National Smile Month 2023. 

This year, National Smile Month is all about shining a light on the importance of brushing our teeth. Come along to see us and say hello. We will have goodie bags containing lots of information on how to look after your smile and how the mouth is connected with the well being of the rest of the body. 

National smile Month - Campaign graphic

Despite the benefits of toothbrushing, many of us still do not consider it a priority. In the UK, around one-in-three people do not brush twice a day while one-in-four regularly skip brushing.

Twice daily toothbrushing is the cornerstone to good oral health.  It is important because it removes plaque.  If the plaque isn't removed, it continues to build up, feeding on the bits of food left behind and causing tooth decay and gum disease. 

Poor toothbrushing habits are a key factor for two-in-three UK adults having visible plaque, almost one-in-three (31%) suffering from signs of tooth decay, and three-in-four (74%) having had teeth extracted.

  • Brush teeth for two minutes, last thing at night and one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between your teeth every day.
  • Cut down how much and how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit a dentist regularly.

During National Smile Month, The Oral Health Foundation are promoting four key messages for better oral health:

National smile Month - Campaign graphic

Information source/further information: https://www.dentalhealth.org/about-national-smile-month