National Smile Month is organised by The Oral Health Foundation to raise awareness of the important issues in oral health, as well as educate and inspire people to take charge of their oral hygiene.
During this year’s National Smile Month, we ran a competition that asked our younger patients at the practice why they thought it was so important to brush their teeth twice daily.
Writing their answers on a card and putting them into our patient feedback box, they submitted their ideas and entries into our competition – and now our reception team (Margie, Karen and Hester) have drawn three lucky winners:
1st place: Noah (Age 10)
“You have to brush your teeth because when you get the bacteria on your teeth eat the left overs of your food and when the bacteria eats it gives off an acid which rots away the enamel and damages the nerve in your tooth.”
2nd place: Erin (Age 8)
“So they stay clean and you have nice breath.”
3rd place: Monty (Age 8)
“To get rid of the plaque.”
Margie, one of our receptionists, presented Noah with a £30 Amazon voucher for coming in first in the competition. Erin received a £20 Amazon voucher, whilst Monty was awarded £10.
National Smile Month aims to raise awareness of the important issues in oral health, to educate and inspire people to take charge of their own oral hygiene, and to get us all following the three simple steps to success:
1. Brush your teeth once in the morning and once before bed, with fluoride toothpaste
2. Limit your sugar foods and drinks throughout your day
3. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
Dr Ellie Ledger, Arnica Practice Principal, commented:
“New analysis by the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons shows there has been a 24% rise in the number of tooth extractions performed on under-fours in hospitals in England over the last decade. Initiatives like Nation Smile Month, that raise awareness of the harmful effects of sugary food and drink on children’s teeth and gums, are a fun way to help children and their parents recognise the dangers and what to do about it.”