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Help kick off a summer of smiles

BDJ Team volume 5, Article number: 18048 (2018) | Download Citation

The Oral Health Foundation has announced the return of National Smile Month, which this year will take place between 14 May and 14 June, aiming to increase awareness of important oral health issues and make a significant difference to the well-being of millions of people.

Supported by thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month promotes three key messages at the heart of good oral health:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste

  • Cut down on how much and often you have sugary foods and drinks

  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

The charity is calling on dental, healthcare, education professionals and support from the voluntary sector to help spread smiles and key oral health messages even further than ever before.

Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said: ‘Last year, the campaign reached unprecedented levels, with in more than 4,000 organisations pledging their support in promoting better oral health. This year we want it to be even bigger and better.

‘Much of the credit for the improvement we have seen in oral health over recent years is down to hard working supporters and volunteers who reach out to their local communities.

‘With your support the campaign reaches more than 50 million people each year and we are delighted to see how many of you actively get involved in National Smile Month.’

National Smile Month 2018 sees the return of the now iconic Smiley, something which Dr Carter believes symbolises exactly the purpose of the campaign.

To find out more about the campaign and to get involved, visit

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