Did you know that from 20th May to 20th June 2013 is National Smile Month?
It’s an event organised by the British Dental Foundation which has been going since 1976, and the point of the campaign is to get us all to take more care of our teeth.
Do you brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, avoid sugary foods and drinks and see your dentist regularly (as regularly as they recommend?) I have to confess that I'm a bit smug when it comes to dental health, although I do have fillings – ouch.
I couldn't possibly forget to brush my teeth twice every day, it would feel all wrong.
I'm not a massive fan of sweet things – although I do have the occasional craving for old style rhubarb and custards.
I also go to the dentist regularly, sitting in the waiting room like a condemned woman every time, convinced that a sensitive patch on one tooth means I’ll have to have something done. Thankfully I usually walk out intervention free and I have to put my spell of having a filling every time I went down to an over-zealous dentist.
I've never quite got the hang of flossing though…
Did you know that:
• There’s evidence to suggest dementia could be caused in part by poor oral health?
• Gum disease has been linked to high blood pressure in pregnancy?
• Severe gum disease may even cause oral cancer?
That’s three very good reasons to look after your teeth as far as I'm concerned. You can take part in the campaign yourself if you want to by registering for ‘Smileys’ – the official symbol of the event. Then, you can organise an event yourself or just take part by making an effort to follow the three steps, and share the campaign via Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook to get as many people involved as possible.
Oh, and SMILE!