Wednesday 18th May 2022
National Smile Month highlights the importance of oral health during 16th May – 16th June.
Having an unhealthy mouth and decayed teeth affects your overall health. Did you know that gum disease isn't just bad news for your teeth, it's also linked to serious health problems in other parts of your body?
Gum disease may increase your risk of all kinds of other health complications, including stroke, diabetes and heart disease.
The good news is that brushing your teeth properly and looking after your gums can prevent and treat gum disease, improve your overall health and help to reduce your risk of health problems, such as heart disease. However, if you frequently consume food and drink containing sugar this may cause dental decay.
How can you look after your teeth and gums?
It's also especially important to look after your teeth and gums if you're pregnant. NHS dental care is free for pregnant women and during the 12 months after you've given birth.