May 17, 2011
Confidental Gears Up for National Smile Month – Have you got the Smile Factor?
15th May 2011 – 15th June 2011
May sees the launch of National Smile month which is an annual education campaign in association with the British Dental Health Foundation. It aims to promote looking after teeth and maintaining them for life. This year there is the ‘Smile Factor’ as the campaign theme.
It has the following key messages:
• Find out Your Dental Scores, confidental’s team do this assessment naturally on very exam visit
visit The Dental Scores Website
• Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride is added to most toothpastes to help prevent decay. Using a fluoride toothpaste will also help to strengthen your teeth. It is important to remember that the main cause of tooth decay is not the amount of sugar and acid in the diet, but how often it is eaten or drunk. Thorough brushing for two minutes, twice a day – before breakfast and particularly last thing at night – will prevent tooth decay.
• Cut down on how often you have sugary food and drinks
A balanced healthy diet is really important to care for your teeth and general health. Sugary foods can contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease and obesity. Fizzy drinks can increase the risk of dental problems. Even fruit smoothies can be bad for your teeth, coating them in sugar and acid, which can cause both tooth decay and erosion. In recent years monitoring what you eat has become easier
with improvements to nutrition information labelling on food products. And the range of healthier food products to choose from is continuing to improve. It is recommended that you eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and vegetables a day. It is also better for your teeth and general health if you eat three meals a day instead of having seven to 10 snack attacks. Remember, sugary drinks are particularly harmful to teeth. Where possible try sugar-free drinks, or drink safe alternatives like water and milk.
• Visit the dentist regularly as often as they recommend
Regular dental visits are really important to look after your health. With the help of your dentist, dental nurses, hygienists, oral health educators and therapists, people can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease – the main causes of fillings and tooth loss. And it is not just about caring for your teeth. Scientific research continues to prove a link between gum disease and heart disease, strokes, diabetes, breast cancer and premature babies.