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Make sure your mouth is healthy this National Smile Month

Cheltenham-based dental practice Illume, which has been creating kissability since 1987, is again delighted to be supporting National Smile Month, the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.

Running from May 15 to June 15, the campaign by the Oral Health Foundation aims to highlight three key messages which can help people to develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:

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.

Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Tim Rumney, clinical director at Illume, says: “The three key messages of the 2017 campaign are very dear to my heart and also that of my fellow dentist here, Dr Simon Gumbley.

“If you watch the recent videos we had filmed, we both state that the best advice we would give anyone on maintaining good oral health is to ensure you brush your teeth twice a day.

“Good oral health is not difficult to maintain but I would encourage people to ensure they get into good habits and then maintain them.

“We have also been talking about the effects of too much sugar for many years and cutting back on sugary drinks and food is a really easy way for people to reduce their risk of tooth decay.

“And, of course, we know clients love to visit us and are reminding them that each client is recalled for Healthy Mouth Reviews and Hygiene Support Visits at an interval based on their individual dental needs.

“As dentists, we know your needs and will only recommend intervals between appointments that are essential for maintaining good oral health so please make an appointment if your Healthy Mouth Review is due,” he added.

lllume offers many services to ‘Light Up Your Smile’ so if you have a big occasion planned this year such as a wedding why not see how we can help.

Tim adds: “Poor oral health can be both physically painful and psychologically damaging. It can affect self-confidence, image and even how we are perceived by other people so if you have concerns about yours please do contact us now.” 

As part of National Smile Month, people are being urged to get a Smiley as a way for people to think their oral health and, more importantly how they can improve it. Process from each one sold will go to a good cause. 

You can find out more about getting involved with National Smile Month here