Improve your patients' oral health by "Talking Teeth" for National Smile Week

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 June 2005



(2005), "Improve your patients' oral health by "Talking Teeth" for National Smile Week", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 35 No. 3.



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Improve your patients' oral health by "Talking Teeth" for National Smile Week

Improve your patients' oral health by "Talking Teeth" for National Smile Week

The British Dental Health Foundation has announced the theme and dates for this year's National Smile Week, and is urging doctors to get involved by organising an event and promoting oral health to their patients.

National Smile Week aims to provide simple, practical oral health information to as many people as possible. Using the tagline "Talking Teeth", this year's campaign will centre on the theme of Friends and Communication – encouraging professionals and the public to pass on oral health advice to those around them.

The event will run from Sunday, May 15 to Saturday, May 21 and the Foundation is hoping the theme will encourage doctors around the country to get involved in passing this advice on to their patients.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Foundation, commented:

  • A well-placed display or a word of advice from a doctor can go a long way towards persuading someone to take a look at their oral health routine.

    National Smile Week provides doctors with a chance to take a step back and remind their patients of their key oral health needs – which include brushing twice-a-day with fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on the frequency of sugary snacks and drinks and visiting their dentist regularly, as often as they are recommend to. However, we will not only be telling people what they should be doing as part of a good oral health routine, we will also be explaining how it works and why it is so important.

For this year's campaign, the Foundation is providing a free six page guide called The Event Organiser. The guide contains oral health information, tips on organising a successful event and possible event ideas. For your free copy please contact the Foundation on 0870 770 4014.

Providing callers with information on everything from toothache and bad breath to dental fees and cosmetic options, the Dental Helpline staff provide clear, simple advice with only one aim – to give the patient the information they need to improve their oral health.

The Foundation also provides information to the public via its website: This is one of the most comprehensive oral health sites on the World Wide Web and gets more than 650 unique visitors every day!<!?tpb=6pt>

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