smileLeading dental health charity, The Oral Health Foundation has announced the return of National Smile Month for 2016 – this year, the event will take place from 16th May to 16th June.

National Smile Month aims to raise awareness of the key messages surrounding good oral health – frequent tooth brushing, the avoidance of sugary foods, and regular trips to the dentist. Here at CK Dental practice in Bristol, we are delighted to support this important campaign. Here is our summary of why these three key messages are so important.

Brush your teeth twice a day

According to the information on the Oral Health Foundations’s website, the message is that you should brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion during the day.

The last tooth brush of the day is the most important, as it allows you to rid your teeth and gums of any residual plaque-causing food residue from the day. However, it is worth remembering that the longer this residue stays on your teeth, the harder it will be to remove, so if you can brush your teeth after every meal you will be saving yourself a lot of trouble in the long run.

Here at our Bristol dental practice, we recommend – as a minimum – that patients brush their teeth after breakfast and before bed. If you can floss on at least one of these occasions, that will also help to save you a lot of dental health issues in the long run.

Avoid sugary foods and drinks

We all know by now the damage that sugar can do to our teeth. While regular brushing can help alleviate some of the problems caused by sugary foods, the ideal is to avoid those foods all together.

Try to substitute healthier snacks for sweets, biscuits and cakes, and – where possible – choose water over fruit juices, squash or fizzy drinks. If you really can’t avoid consuming some sugar, try to ensure that you do so at the same time as, or shortly after, eating a meal, and drink plenty of water to help wash the sugar off your teeth.

Pay regular visits to the dentist

Dentists are wonderful people. They don’t just help to keep your teeth clean and healthy, they can also help you to avoid more serious problems, such as gum disease and even mouth cancer.

If you can, see your dentist every six months, as this will ensure early diagnosis of anything untoward, as well as keeping your general oral health in check.

If you are looking for a dentist in Bristol, why not give us a call today to organise a check-up.