10th June 2011
Local pharmacies and NHS Sheffield are supporting the ‘Smile Factor’, this year’s theme for June’s National Smile Month campaign, which is encouraging people to look after their teeth and mouths.
Oral Health Action Teams in several areas of the city have been working with Sheffield residents, community groups, schools and nurseries, pharmacies and health professionals to improve oral health and help people find an NHS dentist. During June, pharmacies in these areas will also be giving out oral health goody bags, containing a free toothbrush and toothpaste.
Kate Jones, Director of Dental Public Health at NHS Sheffield, said:
“Your smile is one of the first things someone will notice about you. Unfortunately, many people don’t feel able to smile with confidence because of problems with their teeth.
In Sheffield, over 40% of 5-year-old children already have tooth decay so it is really important to look after your teeth from a young age. By looking after your teeth and gums now, you can protect your smile for life.”
To keep your mouth healthy, brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and go to the dentist regularly, even if you wear false teeth. Cut down on sugary foods and drinks and keep them to mealtimes. Choose safer snacks like toast, fruit and vegetables, and milk and water to drink. Do not use tobacco and follow safe limits on alcohol consumption.
There are many dentists in Sheffield welcoming new NHS patients. To find out where you and your family can go, contact the NHS Sheffield Dental Helpline on 0114 305 1510.