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Oral Health Promotion

In a nutshell, National Smile Month is the UK's largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.

Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK's oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions.

With the help and enthusiasm of those who are passionate about health and wellbeing, National Smile Month 2017 hopes to see thousands of events and activities up and down the UK educate and engage local communities about the importance of a healthy mouth.

In 2017, the campaign will take place between 15 May and 15 June, and will encourage all dental and health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces – in fact anyone with an interest in good oral healthcare, to join in and help us educate, motivate and communicate positive oral health messages and improves the quality of smiles all around the UK.

Resources and Training Opportunities

The Community Dental Services Oral Health Promotion Team has been commissioned by Leicestershire County Council to promote key messages and practices. This will include information and support for children and more vulnerable adults, the delivery of training, national and local campaigns, tooth brushing programmes and providing a resource centre of teaching aids and promotional material.

We have an extensive and popular resource library based in Blaby. Anyone working in Leicestershire in a 'health promoting' role can borrow our resources free of charge for a period of two weeks. In the past these have been used as an educational resource by children's centres, schools, pre-schools, childcare settings, health professionals, parents and carers.

Our popular resources include:

  • Dental surgery role play (wooden chair, background, mouth model, demonstration toothbrush and two minute timer).
  • Sugar in drinks activity kit
  • Oral Health activity kit
  • Teaching models
  • Books
  • Games and Puzzles

Our resources catalogue together with our terms and conditions is attached. Booking is essential and, to avoid disappointment, we recommend booking well in advance. For further information or to make a booking, please contact 0116 243 6460 or email OHP.Leicestershire@cds-cic.nhs.uk

We also have various free factsheets that can be downloaded and cover a range of oral health topics, such as tips for taking care of children's teeth, dental erosion and fluoride varnish. These can be found on our website http://communitydentalservices.co.uk/in the Public Health section under the NHS Services tab.

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