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It’s National Smile Month!

Press Release: 14/05/2019

 
It’s National Smile Month – a great time to remind parents and children how to look after their teeth.
 
A third of Tameside’s 5-year-olds experience tooth decay, which is almost 10% worse than the national average.
 
So there’s clearly more that can be done. Here are some top tips:
 
Clean between teeth
Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between the teeth. Read more about why it’s important to floss.
 
Cut down on sugar, including fizzy and high energy drinks – and have a healthy lifestyle in general
A healthy lifestyle, including eating well, not smoking and limiting alcohol and sugar intake, is good for the whole body, including teeth, gums and mouth. Read more about why a healthy lifestyle is good for teeth.
 
Brush baby teeth as soon as they come through
Start brushing a baby’s teeth as soon as they come through. Here are tips on how to look after baby teeth, including the importance of avoiding sweetened foods and drinks.
 
Get children into a teeth-cleaning routine
Help children have healthy teeth for life by passing on a good dental health routine. Read more about how to look after a child’s teeth.
 
Have regular dental check-ups
Have regular check-ups with the dentist. Don’t put off going for a check-up, because detecting problems early can mean they’re easier to treat. Read more about dental check-ups.
 
Around a third of children need orthodontic treatment
The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to make the best of teeth. This includes straightening them so teeth and gums are easier to care for, and improving how a patient bites to make eating more comfortable. Find out more here.
 
Brush teeth twice a day
Dentists recommend brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Read more in this teeth cleaning guide.
 
This year’s National Smile Month runs from 13 May to 13 June. The Oral Health Foundation’s National Smile Month is the largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health. Follow @smilemonth on Twitter to find out more.
 
 
 
 
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