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National Smile Month: How Can I Look After My Teeth and Gums?

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?  

  • Brush your teeth before bedtime and another time of day for a least 2 minutes  
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste  
  • Clean between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes  
  • Food and drink that contain sugar should be at mealtimes only 
  • Your dental team will be able to advise you on how often you should have check ups

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.