National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.
The key messages National Smile Month are promoting are to:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
The hardest of these 3 has got to be cutting down on sugar. The dangers of too much sugar have increasingly been in the news. The Government have given a strong endorsement of the dangers by introducing a Tax of sugar sweetened drinks, set to start in 2018.
The World Health Organisation is now recommending no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day for women and 9 teaspoons for men. 4g of sugar is 1 teaspoon.
See how much is in your favourite drinks: