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Every year the Oral Health Foundation campaigns for good oral health, and this year’s campaign runs from 15th of May to 15th of June 2017. One You Merton is joining in the campaign and encourages everyone to take pride in their smile this #smilemonth.

Taking care of your smile

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:

– Making sure to brush teeth once before bedtime, and at least once at some point during the day
– Reducing sugary foods and drinks intake
– Ensuring to get an oral check-up as recommended by professionals.

Consequences of disregarding the health of your smile

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:

– Inflammation of gums, making them red, swollen and to bleed easily, particularly during teeth brushing.
– Bad taste and breath in the mouth.
– Loose teeth
– Infections that happen often in the mouth

Note: Smoking also affects the health of your mouth and gums

Preventing oral health issues

– Always tell your dentist any changes to your health and diet.
– Make sure to clean teeth thoroughly and get any tartar and plaque removed by your dentist or hygienist.
– Ensure to have a healthy diet and take up exercise.
– Look for support if you are a smoker.

Get involved

The National Oral Health Foundation website offers several ideas of how to get involved and spread smiles. You can see these here.

In addition, make sure you visit your dentist regularly. You can see dentists available in the London Borough of Merton here.