Hello and welcome to a brand-new issue of Word of Mouth – the Oral Health Foundation’s digital magazine. This edition is dedicated to all things National Smile Month as it celebrates its 42nd birthday.
It’s a been a year since we last produced an edition of our Word of Mouth magazine and we apologise for the delay however we hope you really enjoy this packed issue.
National Smile Month offers such a great opportunity to spread positivity and vital oral health messages and it’s been great to see the public and dental professionals alike coming together to support it – whether it’s through our Smiley Monster Competition or our Great British Brushathon.
If you haven’t yet taken steps towards a healthier mouth then please take this as in invitation to do so. Improving your oral health has so many benefits, not just for your mouth but the rest of your body too. Healthier teeth and gums can boost your mental health and well-being as well as your reducin…
15th June 2021
When you think about maintaining a healthy mouth, brushing your teeth should be the top priority. Twice daily toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste is the cornerstone to a healthy smile, but there is one simply addition that can truly transform how healthy your mouth is – and that is interdental cleaning.
While toothbrushing is the most effective way to keep your teeth clean, it only reaches 60% of the tooth’s surfaces. Using interdental brushes to clean in between the gaps in your teeth is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to change the health of your smile for the better.
That is why, as part of National Smile Month, the Oral Health Foundation has joined with TePe to give you the very best advice about this simple addition to your oral health routine.
Why interdental cleaning is so important
Dental plaque can build up between the teeth where a toothbrush cannot get to.
Over time, this can lead to tooth decay…
15th June 2021
When we think about how we care for our mouth, it might be easy to think that there is little in common between our oral health and the environment – but that’s not quite true. In addition to turning off the tap when brushing (which saves us a staggering 12 litres of water each time), there’s an important connection that applies to all of us – and it revolves around our toothbrush.
Toothbrushes form a part of our daily routine. Twice a day, morning and night, for two minutes, they help clean our teeth and keep our mouth fit and healthy. Despite this, the shelf-life of a toothbrush is a relatively short one. In theory, we should only use each one 180 times, for a total of six hours over a period of three months.
It all means that in the UK, around 256 million toothbrushes are bought and discarded every year. That’s a very big pile of plastic so what can we do about it?
As part of National Smile Month, the Oral Health Fou…
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