16 May Say Cheese! It’s National Smile Month
“If you smile at me I will understand… ‘Cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language…”
– Crosby, Stills, and Nash
National Smile Month began in 1976 as the largest oral health campaign in the United Kingdom. Over the past 40 years the Oral health Foundation has worked to promote awareness of how important good dental health is, and how easy it can be to achieve. This year, National Smile Month is from May 16 – June 16 in both the U.K. and the U.S.A.
Smiling has been proven to have multiple positive effects on a person. Smiling makes you more approachable, seem more confident and trustworthy, and even releases endorphins and lowers anxiety. You can even trick your brain, so if you’re upset and you smile you will actually start to feel better. There’s really no shortage of reasons to smile!
Make sure your smile is the best and bright it can be, all it takes is following a few easy tips:
Make A Habit of Caring for Your Teeth
- Brush your teeth right before bed, and at least once more at some point during the day
- Use floss at least once per day
- Avoid smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months or so
Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks
- A diet rich in vitamins and minerals will help sustain healthy teeth and gums
- Wait and hour after eating or drinking anything to brush your teeth, as your enamel is softened and tiny particles might be brushed away
- Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal or beverage helps protect your teeth between meals
- SAY CHEESE! Finishing a meal with a cube of cheese is a great way to reduce the effect of acidic foods on your teeth… and who doesn’t love cheese?!
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
- Every time you visit your dentist, they perform checks for moth cancer, cavities, and more diseases that could otherwise be easily overlooked
- Dentists can give you great tips for keeping your teeth healthy
- Set a good example for your kids. If you take care of your teeth and go to the dentist regularly, they will grow up to have good dental health habits as well
- If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, don’t let it keep you away. Be sure to talk with your dentist about your fears and they can help to make the experience as easy as possible for you.*
*Dr. Jana Ikeda specializes in patient comfort and care. Making sure each of her patients is completely calm and comfortable is her first priority.