Say Cheese! This May is National Smile Month

This May dentists, doctors, teachers and many other professionals will be working with their communities up and down the country to support and promote National smile Month, the UK’s largest and longest running dental health campaign. Not heard about it before? Here’s all you need to know.

When does National Smile Month take place?

This year, the annual National Smile Month event will run from May 15th to June 15th. Now in it’s 41st year, the campaign features an incredible 3,000 events across the country as well as participation from dentists, doctors and many others.

To see who’s participating, just look out for the now iconic red ‘smiley’ pictured below.

National Smile Month

What is National Smile Month?

National Smile Month is a UK wide campaign that has been held every year since its establishment in 1977. It’s mission is to promote good oral health for people of all ages by engaging communities and stimulating dialogue with health professionals. The event is organised by British oral health charity, the Oral Health Foundation. Every year, the campaign helps to raise awareness of important health issues and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions across the country.

Supported by dentists, teachers, pharmacies, health professionals, other community-based organisations and even workplaces, National Smile Month helps to educate, motivate and communicate positive oral health messages and improves the quality of smiles all around the UK.

More importantly than anything else, it encourages both adults and children to embrace good oral hygiene habits in a way that is fun and enjoyable.

What are the key messages of National Smile Month?

There are three key messages at the heart of National Smile Month:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Together, these three simple steps go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth.

When did National Smile Month begin?

National Smile Month was first celebrated in 1977 and has grown in popularity and participation ever since, led by a wide ranging group of people who have one thing in common – a passion for health and wellbeing.

Since its creation just over 40 years ago, National Smile Month has helped facilitate thousands of events and projects, and continues to act as the spearhead campaign for providing organised grassroots activities such as fun days, talks, sponsored events, roadshows, displays, open sessions and competitions – all which have the ultimate goal of engaging people in the importance of oral health.

How can my family and I take part in National Smile Month?

Firstly, look out for events at your local school, playgroup, community centre or health centre. You might also want to ask your dentist about any events they may be participating in.

In addition, visit the official website  where you will find lots of resources and information to help you get involved.

At the award-winning Perfect Pearls Dental Implant Centres, we put the health and well being of our patients at the heart of everything we do. To find out more about our low cost, high quality dental treatments get in touch on Wolverhampton 01902 500823 or contact us online for a fast response.

Laughter Is The Best Medicine: 10 Reasons Why Smiling Is Good For You

It’s National Smile Month (May 19 – June 19) and the spotlight is on the UK’s teeth and gums. This massive oral health campaign by the British Dental Foundation has 3 key messages.They are:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

But having a healthy smile is not just important for our oral health. Smiling is actually good for loads of other reasons too. So if you need help to get your smile confidence back, call Perfect Pearls today for a free consultation on 01582 518100.

1. Smiling makes you happy

We might be forgiven for thinking we smile because we’re happy, not the other way around. But psychologists have found that putting on a smile, even when we don’t feel like it, boosts mood.

2. Happy people live longer

If you’re generally happy and smile a lot (see number 1) you could live up to 10 years longer than people who don’t, according to studies at several North American universities.

3. Smiling boosts your immune system

Medical studies have shown that smiling relaxes the body and allows the immune system to work better. So now we have the perfect excuse to watch hours of funny cat videos.

4. Smiling is good for your heart

Telling someone to “grin and bear it” might actually be good advice after all. Research says that smiling when doing something difficult actually reduces stress good news for your ticker.

5. You’ll look younger

Discover the instant facelift without going under the knife yes, it’s a smile. The muscles we use to smile lift the face and knock years off.

6. Smiling is better than makeup

69% of people find a woman wearing a smile more attractive than when she is wearing makeup. So if you want to get noticed ladies, flash those pearly whites.

7. Smiles get you off the hook

You might think you need to look serious to show you’re sorry not always. A study has shown that people are kinder to wrongdoers if they smile.

8. You could get you promoted

Smiling makes us seem more sociable, successful and confident – not to mention trustworthy. Just the sort of qualities that can give us the edge over the competition in the workplace.

9. You’ll make more friends

If you smile at everyone, around half of the people you meet will smile back. Smiling instantly make us seem friendly and approachable and helps build rapport.

10. Smiling makes you more productive

You’ll feel more motivated and work harder after smiling and laughing. So, the next time your boss catches you looking at silly memes on the net you know what you can say…

National Smile Month

May marks the start of National Smile Month – a month long campaign to improve the nation’s oral health.

Over the next four weeks to June 19 people all over the UK will be pulling out those little red smileys and we here at Perfect Pearls will be no exception.

Our staff are armed with their smiles on a stick and will be encouraging our patients to get brushing and start smiling as we try and spread the word on how important it is to look after your teeth.

The key messages of the campaign are simple – to make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, regularly visit a dentist and reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks to lower the risk of dental-related problems.

Do this and you will maintain a healthy mouth and smile.

With dental clinics like us helping to raise awareness of these messages along with health professionals, schools and community groups we hope to improve the standard of oral health across the nation.

But no matter how hard we shout and drive the messages home here at Perfect Pearls we know that for some it is already too late.

For some people the damage is already done and they have lost the confidence to smile.

That’s where we can help.

Whether you are missing teeth or have teeth that are yellow, stained, cracked or chipped we can help give you back that perfect smile with our low cost dental implants or crowns.

They are a safe, reliable and cosmetically-friendly long term solution to giving you back that wonderful smile.

We have a professional, friendly specialist team of oral surgeons, dentists and nurses to assist you through the treatment one step at a time so there is no need to feel nervous.

We have two clinics in the UK, one in Bedford Square, Houghton Regis and the other in Tyburn Road, Wolverhampton, so wherever you in the UK we can help but that perfect smile back on your face.

To book an appointment at Houghton Regis clinic contact 01582 518100 or Wolverhampton contact 01902 500 823