September is Oral Health Month

September 1, 2017 by Dr David Bloom

Brushing, Children, Dental Health

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Looking after our teeth may sound like a simple task, but it is amazing how many people in Britain are failing to maintain an adequate oral healthcare routine – even if they know that they ought to be.

Thanks to a partnership between toothpaste manufacturer Colgate and the British Dental Association (BDA), 1 September will see the launch of Oral Health Month in the UK.

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The national campaign hopes to raise awareness of the issue, and will encourage good hygiene practices when it comes to taking care of our mouths. Dental practices across the country will take part in discussing oral health issues and educating people on the best ways to look after their teeth and gums.

Alongside the campaign, Colgate will also be re-launching its Bright Smiles Bright Futures initiative, which currently runs in countries all over the world and has so far helped to educate 700 million children about oral health. Read our top tips to get your children brushing.

Launched in 1991, the programme has been particularly beneficial to people in developing countries where access to healthcare is minimal, and where children were often unable to visit a dentist.

As part of the UK campaign, Colgate plans to send 300,000 oral health packs to schools with five to seven-year-old children, containing toothpaste and a toothbrush. The packs will also contain resources and information about how to ensure good oral health. It is hoped that this will not only build self-esteem and good practice in the short term but ensure good oral health for the child’s lifetime.

As well as this, participating dental practices will be sent educational materials to display in their offices and give out to patients. The practice packs will also advise dental teams about the best ways to engage with children – and their parents – to stress the importance of oral health, and how it can impact our overall health and wellbeing.

You can visit the Colgate website for more information on Oral Health Month, and to download an interactive programme.

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