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National Smile Month 2015

National Smile Month 2015

Give us a smile!

It takes 43 muscles to frown but just 17 to smile. And 61 per cent of us have been attracted to someone simply by their smile!

The team is holding two events in June to share information and advice about taking good care of your mouth and teeth and why this can be so important.

 Hannah Thorpe, Senior Dental Officer, Stanley Primary Care Centre said: "Poor oral health goes so much further than having unsightly teeth or bad breath: increasingly, studies are showing that it may have a negative impact on our general health too. Approximately 46,500 children and young people under 19 were admitted to hospital due to dental decay in 2013-14, making it by far the most common reason for children aged five to nine to be admitted to hospital.

"Having a healthy mouth means being able to eat, speak, swallow and smile comfortably and without pain or embarrassment. It also contributes to our general good health too.

 "The good news is that the two most common dental diseases, decay (caries) and gum (periodontal) disease are largely preventable and there are simple steps that we can all take to make our mouths healthier. Prevention is key."

The free events are being held in Easington Colliery and Durham City:

Tuesday 9 June - 10am - 3pm

Healthworks, Easington Colliery


Thursday 18 June - 9.30am - 3.30pm

Durham Town Hall  

Julie King, Oral Health Promotion Lead at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "One of the main themes chosen for this campaign is the focus on drinks that are kind to teeth. There are many health benefits to drinking plain water for both children and adults. A glass of water is still the best drink to quench a thirst at any time of day or night."

The Trust is pleased to be supporting the National Smile Month campaign again this year; helping to share the three key oral health messages aimed at preventing oral disease:

 •  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. Ideally keep sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes.

•   Visit your dentist regularly; as often as they recommend.


'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital