Every year the Oral Health Foundation campaigns for good oral health, and this year National Smile Month 2017 runs from 15th of May to 15th of June. One You Merton is joining in the campaign and encourages everyone to take pride in their smile this #smilemonth.
In order to improve the nation’s oral health, the Oral Health Foundation charity, together with dentists, healthcare professionals and individuals are aiming to “raise awareness of health issues and make a positive difference” by encouraging the public to act on three main factors which affect our oral health:
The National Oral Health Foundation have presented several consequences of not looking after your oral health. One main issue is gum disease which causes infection and this can lead to more serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, pregnancy, respiratory illnesses, dementia, and can worsen your oral health if you have diabetes.
Gum disease symptoms are:
Note: Smoking also affects the health of your mouth and gums. If you would like support to stop smoking visit our Smoking page.
The National Oral Health Foundation website offers several ideas of how to get involved and spread smiles. Find our more about National Smile Month.
In addition, make sure you visit your dentist regularly. Find a dentist in Merton