13th May – 13th June 2019
“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” – William Arthur Ward
It’s May already! May is great because not only does it have TWO bank holidays – But it also has a month dedicated to making us smile.
National Smile Month started back in 1977, aimed to raise awareness of the importance of good Oral Hygiene and how it can improve your overall wellbeing. This event was such a success that it grew over the years to become National Smile Week, and subsequently National Smile Month in 2006!
This year Crook Log Dental Practice, are supporting National Smile Months three key central messages.
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste
Brush for 2 minutes twice a day – once you have finished brushing your teeth do not rinse your mouth with water, as this washes away all the goodness of fluoride – instead just spit the toothpaste out and let the fluoride in the toothpaste do its magic!
We must also remember the importance of interdental cleaning, such as dental floss. A study found that flossing loosens bacteria and food debris from between the teeth, which allows brushing to be much more effective at removing plaque – A major contributor to the formation of gum disease.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. This is because the sugar will react with the bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) and produce the harmful acids. So it is important to keep sugary foods and beverages only to mealtimes, this will limit the amount of time your mouth is at risk.
It is advised to consume high in sugar beverages and food in moderation or even better to replace these with healthier alternatives.
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
Visiting your dentist at least every 6 months reduces the chance of developing oral disease. Our dentists and hygienists at Crook Log Dental Practice, will be able to recommend and provide you with important advice on brushing your teeth, spot any signs of tooth decay and look for signs of oral cancer. So, if it’s been a while since your last dental check-up, make May the month to visit us.
Our dentists and hygienists at Bexleyhealth, have a wealth of experience behind them in looking after your smile. Your smile journey can begin today, by taking advantage of our Invisalign offer.
We are a highly qualified experienced team, offering all aspects of General and Cosmetic Dentistry to both adults and children. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please visit Crook Log Dental Practice or call 0208 303 3838 for further information.