It’s National Smile month and local people can find out more about the importance of keeping their pearly whites in good health from experts at a special event on Wednesday (May 27).
Members of West Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership’s (CHP) Oral Health Action Team will be at Clydebank Shopping Centre on that date between 10am and 2pm advising shoppers about how to keep a healthy smile.
Bernadette McClement, the CHP’s Community Nursery Nurse (Oral Health), said:
“This year’s theme is ‘Look after Yourself, Brush for Health’ and the campaign aims to improve the public’s understanding of the importance of oral care and how to go about improving and maintaining their own health.
“This is in line with new emerging scientific research demonstrating strong links between gum disease and certain conditions such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and low birth weight babies.”
And the efforts of the oral health team are paying off as increasing numbers of local five-year-olds have no obvious signs of dental decay.
In 2006-07 48 per cent of five-year-olds in the area had no obvious decay experience and in 2007-08 the rate had increased to 55 per cent.
It is estimated that around 19 out of 20 people experience gum disease at some point in their lives, but a good and regular oral healthcare routine can prevent the condition from developing into something more serious.
A healthy oral healthcare routines involves twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste; cutting down on sugary food and drinks; and regular visits to the dentist.
National Smile Month runs until June 16.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429