In time for Smile Month and this year we’re encouraging everyone to swap sugars and snack smarter, with a special focus onfamilies with children aged 0 – 5 year olds.
It’s the largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health across the UK and runs from 13 May – 13 June 2019.
Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, it highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a family fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how much sugary food and drink you have, and how often you have them.
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
Our focus this year is to reduce sugar intake among families, whether that’s from sugary drinks or snacks.
By taking part in Smile Month, you are helping to creating a healthier and happier world. The campaign promotes the true value of a smile, not only for its benefits towards physical health, but mental wellbeing too.
We want to encourage families to:
- Talk about good oral health with other families to help spread the word
- Keep teeth and bodies healthy
- Reduce the frequency of sugar intake by keeping all sugar to mealtimes
- Keep up brushing children’s teeth for the recommended amount of time using a family fluoride toothpaste
There are many ways you can get involved with smile month:
- Visit Change 4 Life’s sugar swaps page to see how you can swap sugar for healthier options, visit the website.
- Download the Change4Life Food Scanner (Apple devices) here. For Android devices please click here.
- Keep up brushing your children’s at least teeth twice a day with family fluoride toothpaste.
- Visit your dentist if you haven’t been in a while
- Share your brushing tips and engage with us on our Facebook here or Twitter here – we’ll be sharing plenty of tips and advice for better oral health
- Visit our looking after children's teeth page here.
If you need some more advice from a professional Oldham dentist watch the videos below. We sat down with Dr Amjad Chaudhary and asked him to give us his top tips on improving you and your families oral health.
For anymore advice on improving your oral health and reducing sugar intake ask your dentist or visit: www.nhs.uk/change4life
Dental Playbox Sessions (2 – 4 years)
Tuesday 4 June 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Enjoy using puppets, giant toothbrushes and fun timers followed by a play session using role play outfits including masks, gloves, mirrors and toothbrushes, teddies with teeth, books and games.
Free event. Booking is essential as places are limited. Book your tickets here. (HYPERLINK:
Oldham Library, Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL
Pyjamarama Party in the Park
Tuesday 4 June, 10.30am – 12noon
Join in with the Nationwide Pyjama Party at Alexandra Park.
- Pyjama Party – don’t forget to bring your teddy or favourite cuddly toy!
- Information and History Walk
- Pram Push and Toddle Waddle
- Celebrating smile Month
- Picnic in the Park– don’t forget to bring a packed lunch
- Themed stories, songs and craft activities plus lots more…
Free event. Booking is essential as places are limited. Book your tickets here. (HYPERLINK: www.oldham-council.co.uk/libevent/events/view/united-kingdom/oldham/alexandra-park/pyjamarama-pyjama-party-in-the-park)
Alexandra Park, Oldham, OL8 2BH
Healthy Information Session
Thursday 13 June, 11am – 3pm
Pop down to spindles for information about oral health, the Right Start Service and breastfeeding.
Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre, George St, Oldham OL1 1HD
Remember to tweet us your pics throughout the campaign about your brushing routines and healthy smiles @OldhamCouncil and remember to use #NationalSmileMonth