Published On: Tue, May 6th, 2014 on 4:39 pm

Smile! Kirklees backs National Smile Month to promote oral health

National Smile Month

Kirklees Council will be working across the region to educate people about oral health as part of National Smile Month.

Advice is already being given out ahead of the UK’s largest and longest running oral health campaign that runs from 19 May to June 19, encouraging children and adults to develop and maintain a healthy mouth.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said: “I’m delighted that Kirklees Council has joined the thousands of organisations engaging with National Smile Month.

“It is a great reflection of local community spirit and an excellent way to promote good oral health.”

Poor oral health can have a negative impact on the body, and many adults and children in the UK are affected.

Around a quarter of all adults in the UK say they have not visited a dentist in the past two years, whilst three in every ten adults suffer from regular dental pain.

A quarter of adults don’t brush their teeth twice a day and over four-fifths of the population have at least one filling.

According to the NHS, tooth decay is also one of the most widespread health problems in the UK.

It affects 31% of adults and a third of all children are believed to be starting school with it.

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