Celebrate National Smile Month at CFD Fosse Park
The team at CFD – Fosse Park this National Smile Month (13th May – 13th June) are helping people to look after their smiles to make the world a happier place.
National Smile Month, run by The Oral Health Foundation, promotes looking after your oral health by implementing a great at home oral hygiene routine; regular dental visits and cutting down the frequency of having sugary food and drinks.
Did you know that oral health can have an impact on body image and quality of life? The World Health Organization states that oral health is a determinant factor for quality of life. The mouth, teeth, lips, tongue and facial muscles enable us to speak, smile, touch, smell, swallow, taste, kiss, and communicate pain. Suffering from dental diseases may restrict important daily interactions and activities such as going to school, work, and other social interactions.
Why not use National Smile Month as a time to start taking even more care of your oral health? Here are the three things you can do to help keep your smile in tip top condition:
Brush Twice Daily
According to the Oral Health Foundation, a quarter of us don’t manage to clean our teeth twice daily. It can be easy if you’ve snoozed the alarm once too many or are just too tired to load the toothbrush with paste and you think it will be OK to not brush your teeth on the odd occasion. If you consistently miss brushes, over time plaque can build up, causing a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Check out our top tips on keeping your teeth squeaky clean, and download our handy tooth brushing chart.
We found in a survey conducted this year that 26% of people don’t visit the dentist regularly – whether that is down to cost, time or fear. Regular dental appointments can help prevent oral health diseases. Your dentist can diagnose and treat any issues you may have, and also give you support and advice on looking after your oral health at home.
If you’re nervous about the dentist too we’re here to help. Dental Phobia is common, with almost half of the population fearing the dental practice. We’ve partnered with Anxiety UK to bring you a guide with lots of information and tips all about Dental Phobia. Pop into your local practice to pick one up, or read online.
Reduce the frequency of sugary foods and drinks you consume
Frequent consumption of sugary food and drinks can have a negative effect on our oral health. Sugar can feed the bacteria in your mouth, which release enamel eroding acids. These acids are neutralised naturally by saliva in the mouth, and the process can be helped along by eating neutralising foods such as low fat cheeses after a meal. The more often these foods are eaten, the more acid it takes to be neutralised and so increases the risk of tooth decay.
Why is smiling so important?
We’ve all heard that a smile can light up a room. The act of smiling releases feel-good neurotransmitters; dopamine, endorphins and serotonin which can relax your body and also lower heart rate and blood pressure. Smiling at another person encourages that person’s brain to smile back thus creating a symbiotic relationship that allows both of you to release feel-good chemicals in your brain.
The team at CFD Fosse Park are here to help you look after your smile and spread that infectious happiness starting today! Pop into the practice to see what the team have been getting up to this NSM, or have a look over on their Facebook page.
The practice is now welcoming new patients and with free parking and flexible appointment times, attending the dentist has never been easier. Speak to the friendly team on 0116 308 7002 to register and book your appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or head online to take your first step to great oral health. Alternatively, fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!