Updated: Dec 18, 2018
NATIONAL SMILE MONTH IS COMING TO PETERSFIELD AS COLLEGE STREET DENTAL CENTRE WILL BE HOLDING A SPECIAL EVENT TO BACK THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN
National Smile Month is the UK's largest oral health campaign, created by the British Dental Health Foundation. In 2014, it kicks off on 19 May and finished on 19 June. Right at the heart of it you'll find three key messages that can go a long way to improving oral health. They are:
Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day using flouride toothpaste.
Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
Visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
Sounds Simple? You'd think so, but there's evidence to suggest not everyone keeps to these three most basic of messages. National Smile Month is a great opportunity for those who don't to take stock of their oral health habits, and a great opportunity for those who do to pass the message onto others. Organised by The British Health Foundation, National Smile Month was established in 1976. Approaching its 38th year, the campaign has helped to change the oral health landscape of the UK.
The proportion of the population with no natural teeth in England, Northern Ireland and Wales has fallen to just 6 per cent in 2009. In 1978, the figure was as high as 37 per cent in Wales.
The majority of adults (71%) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are now free of visible dental decay on the surfaces of their teeth.
In 2009, two thirds of children aged 12 were found to be free of visible dental decay. In 1973, this figure was less than 10 percent.
It's not all smiles though. Research has shown oral health problems persist, with many people overlooking the value of good oral health.
More than a third of adults are likely to delay dental treatment due to cost.
More than half of the UK workforce isn't allowed to take paid leave off work to visit their dentist
60% of people aged 65 and over, regret not looking after their teeth earlier in life.
To show our support, College Street Dental Centre, Petersfield will be holding a "Smile of the Year" campaign and competition on Saturday 7th June from 1pm -5pm, outside Lloyds TSB, near Petersfield Square. The team hope to raise awareness of how important oral health is. People will have the chance to have their photograph taken and enter our Smile of the Year competition. The winner will win:
Free Teeth Whitening
Free Electric Toothbrush
Free Photoshoot by Rare Moments Photography of Lavant Street, Petersfield
Free "treat me" package, courtesy of Salon Sixteen, Petersfield, to include a luxury hair & scalp treatment, cut & finish and mini manicure & pedicure
Free Luxury Hamper
Free Health Foods Voucher to spend in the Bran Tub
Prize value £2000
We look forward to chatting with you all on the big day. For more information contact the Practice 01730 263180 or visit www.nationalsmilemonth.org.
For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180