DENTAL SMILE MONTH
August is the month of dental smile month and one that we promote across our blog and in participating practices.
During this month, we will be highlighting the importance of good oral hygiene, for all.
We also organize a smile competition, which you can enter via our website or one of the practices taking part in the campaign.
Simply submit a photo of your smile (showing your teeth!) To our Submissions Editor, Bethany Pierce and for one lucky person, they could become the face of our oral health campaign!
Some tips for maintaining good oral hygiene throughout the month of August – and of course every day afterwards are;
- brush carefully for at least one minute, each morning and evening.
- regularly inspect your toothbrush for signs of damage or wear.
- choose savory snacks over sugary ones.
- limit sugary drinks to meal times.
- visit your dentist regularly.
Dental smile month will be taking its message across schools, health centers and dentists this month. We will be helping people who have no access to a dentist to get a quick, free check up, where possible.
MOUTH CANCER AWARENESS
Via our blog we have been keenly promoting greater awareness about mouth cancers.
Many people do not realize just how prevalent mouth cancers are.
More people die of mouth cancers than die of road traffic accidents every year.
Although there are definite risk factors, which can be reduced such as smoking and alcohol consumption, unfortunately, mouth cancer can affect anyone.
That is why we place such an importance on regular checking and of course, going to the dentist to have a check-up.
if you have a lump, or a sore in your mouth which is not healing, then it is time to see your dentist or doctor about it.
MOUTH CANCER – RISK FACTORS
MEN OVER 50
EXCESSIVE SUN EXPOSURE
MOUTH CANCER – THE SYMPTOM CHECKER
SORE THROAT AND VOICE PROBLEMS
PERSISTENT UNEXPLAINED ORAL BLEEDING
PROBLEMS SWALLOWING AND CHEWING
A SORE ON THE NECK OR FACE THAT DOES NOT HEAL IN A FORTNIGHT
NUMBNESS IN THE MOUTH
A SWELLING LUMP OR SPOT IN THE MOUTH, LIPS AND GUM
WHITE AND RED SPOTS AND SPECKLES IN THE MOUTH
FEELING THAT YOU HAVE SOMETHING AT THE BACK OF YOUR THROAT
A FEELING THAT YOUR TEETH OR DENTURES ARE SUDDENLY DIFFERENT OR UNCOMFORTABLE
It is important to keep an eye out for these symptoms and not to ignore them if you spot any of them.
Mouth cancers can be difficult spot and sometimes almost symptomless, which is why you should pay particular attention to any differences in your mouth.