Oral Health Tips for National Smile Month
National Smile Month is the largest and longest-running annual campaign to promote good oral health. This year, the campaign started on the 13th of May and will continue until the 13th June.
Organised by the Oral Health Foundation, the idea of National Smile Month is to encourage dental and health professionals, as well as schools, community groups, pharmacies, colleagues and workplaces to spread information about the importance of good oral healthcare practices. By spreading positive messages, we can motivate people to improve the quality of smiles throughout the world.
To stay on top of your oral health, we’ve compiled a list of our top tips for National Smile Month.
Brush your teeth (and mouth) at least twice a day
You should brush your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste at least twice every day, preferably in the morning and then last thing at night before you go to bed. Be sure to brush the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth, taking care to also clean your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth to help get rid of bacteria. Be sure to brush with light movements to protect your teeth and gums.
Make sure to floss
Whilst a toothbrush cleans the surfaces of your teeth, it can’t do the same for the spaces between your teeth. Floss and interdental brushes are designed to help get rid of any food residue, bacteria or other detrimental substances between your teeth, helping you to achieve a healthier smile. You should make sure to floss at least once a day.
Visit the dentist regularly
Brushing your teeth and flossing every day is not a substitute for visiting the dentist. Make it a habit to visit your dentist for regular check-ups and teeth cleaning appointments. Your dentist can provide advice on practices to improve your oral health and look for any potential problems. Remember, you may not be able to identify all dental problems on your own, so by visiting the dentist regularly, you can take a proactive approach to protecting your health.
Eat a teeth-friendly diet
We all like to choose food and drink based on what tastes the best, but excessively sugary or acidic foods or beverages can be damaging to the teeth when consumed regularly. Foods including nuts, apples, chicken, vegetables and cheese can be good for your teeth. It’s worth noting that cheese also causes your salivary gland to produce more saliva, neutralising acid, so it’s great to finish a meal with a cube of cheese.
Try to limit the amount of fizzy drinks and alcohol you consume. When you do drink sugary or acidic beverages, use a straw to limit the contact that the drink has with your teeth.
Leave some fluoride in your mouth at night
When you brush your teeth before you go to bed, we recommend leaving some fluoride toothpaste residue in your mouth to help strengthen your teeth. After you spit out toothpaste, rather than rinsing out your mouth with water, leaving the residue of toothpaste on the surface of your teeth can be good for you.
Book an appointment
If you are based in the Plymouth or Paignton area and are looking for a dentist, be sure to contact Quay Dental Care. To book at appointment at our Plymouth practice, please call 01752 664506, or for our Paignton practice, please call 01803 527 091.
Our team will welcome you with a smile and do our very best to ensure you have a comfortable and relaxing experience with us.