National Smile Month goes global

‘Brush for health’ is the theme of National Smile Month – and for the first time the venture will run simultaneously in the UK and the US.

With so many reports linking oral health with overall body health, it’s a timely reminder to the public of how taking good care of their mouth can benefit the whole body.

It runs from 18 May until 17 June and is a recognition of the mounting evidence that people who suffer gum disease are more at risk of serious general health conditions like heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and low birth weight babies.

By working together, the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) , its global arm the International Dental Health Foundation (IDHF), and Oral Health America (OHA) are hoping to influence a global audience on the importance of good oral care for general health.

The BDHF recommends that dental practices can get involved by:

• Setting up a display in the waiting room and handing out information leaflets

• Getting a dental expert to talk at a local school or inviting a class from a local school to take a look round the practice. Letting the press know in advance might also generate some good coverage in the media – both for event and practice

• Providing healthy snacks in your waiting room can raise awareness of the importance of a good diet to oral and general health. Cheese, crackers, milk and raw vegetables are all ideal!

For more event ideas, order your free Campaign Handbook on 0870 770 4000 or email

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