National Smile Month

National Smile Month

Today sees the start of National Smile Month which runs until 15th June 2017. National Smile Month is run by the Oral Health Foundation and aims to improve the UK’s oral Health and raise awareness of important health issues. There are three easy key messages which everyone can adopt to maintain a healthy mouth.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit the dentist regularly.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is supporting this initiative from our colleagues at the Oral Health Foundation and is also urging everyone to look after their oral health by either checking their own mouths or visiting their dentist to undergo a routine dental check which should include a mouth cancer screening.

In the UK nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer every year and it is estimated that around 60,000 people will be diagnosed over the next decade. It has a worst ration of deaths to cases compared with skin, cervical, breast and prostate cancers and affects more men than women. Mouth cancer can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips and adjacent areas like throat, salivary glands, larynx, pharynx, sinus and other sites in the head and neck area.

Early detection and rapid treatment can save lives so don’t wait and book your appointment today.

For more information on National Smile Month visit http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org.