Starting today it’s National Smile Month and already we’ve been out and about in Moreton spreading the word about healthy smiles.

Over the next few weeks we will be getting businesses, community groups and individuals to join in our Smileathon by posing with Smilies. They will be entered in the national photo competition #MySmileySelfie competition, the best one winning tickets to a local comedy club.

Look out for the photos on our Facebook page Moreton Dental Care. They will also be uploaded to social media using #MySmileySelfie and #smileathon.

The aim of National Smile Month is to get more people to realise that maintaining a good oral health routine is quite simple, and, by getting the basics right, we can avoid most oral health problems and the pain and discomfort that comes with them.

“We urge everybody to adopt three relatively simple steps in order to look after your oral health,” says Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, the charity running the campaign.

“By brushing our teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on sugary foods and drinks and visiting the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, we can develop and maintain great oral health.

“It’s also important to remember that poor oral health is not just about toothache and decay. It has a much wider impact on general bodily health than you may think. Research over the past decade has revealed growing evidence linking poor oral health to serious health conditions, which account for many more days off work.”

In recent years, poor oral health has been proven to have very close links to such diseases like heart disease, diabetes, problems during pregnancy and dementia.

Dr Carter says: “National Smile Month is all about re-engaging the nation about the importance of a healthy mouth and the benefits our smile can have.”

The campaigns organiser, the Oral Health Foundation, along with Platinum Sponsors Oral-B, with further support from Wrigley’s Extra, POLO® Sugar Free, Philips and Regenerate, are looking to take their important messages of oral health to more people than ever in an effort to let people take control of their own oral health.