Did you know that it takes 43 muscles to frown but only 17 to smile? And that people admit to picking their teeth with keys, business cards, matchsticks, screwdrivers and bank notes? How about the most common amount of money received from the tooth fairy? (£1)
We all know children can be a little reluctant to brush their teeth sometimes, but this month is National Smile Month (May 18th-June18th) and we reckon it’s the perfect time to teach children about the importance of good oral health. In fact there is significant research which suggests that there are clear links between good oral health and other medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
National Smile Month is organised by The British Dental Health Foundation, an independent charity dedicated to improving oral health. This month long campaign is the longest running of its kind in this country and aims to promote three key messages:
1. Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
2. Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
3. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
Have a look at nationalsmilemonth.org for fun facts, information and ideas for activities about getting involved. For a little extra incentive to help children with brushing their teeth, head over to our website to have a look at some of our oral health rewards. We have charts to get children into teeth cleaning routines, dentist stickers, smiley faces and a whole lot more to get your teeth into.