This month it’s National Smile Month, run by the Oral Health Foundation. The premise of the event is to promote the importance of the health of your teeth and your mouth in general. Do you brush your teeth twice a day? Do you have a low sugar diet? Do you regularly visit the dentist?
Gum disease, bad breath and loss of teeth are not just issues amongst the elderly. If you don’t look after your teeth properly it can happen amongst the very young. Latest figures from PHE (Public Health England) reveal that a child in England has a rotten tooth removed in hospital every 10 minutes. That’s almost 40,000 a year. In fact, tooth decay is the most common reason for hospital admissions in 5 to 9 year olds. And this can all be avoided!
The key thing is to reduce the consumption of foods and drinks that contain sugars. Apparently half the sugar children are having comes from snacks and sugary drinks. Swap them for lower sugar alternatives.
At Munchachos we work with a nutritionist to ensure that all of our snacks adhere to a low sugar rule. We have observed the guidelines created by the government to make sure that the sugar level is enough to keep the snacks tasty but not so much that it will cause damage in the long run.
The power of the smile
And why wouldn’t you want to protect that smile? Smiles are wonderfully powerful weapons. Not only can they alter your own mood, but they can improve other people’s. They’re contagious! A smile makes those around us feel welcome and wanted. And they can also automatically lift your mood. It’s hard to feel miserable when you have a smile plastered to your face. If you’re down in the dumps try and force yourself to smile. Even for a few seconds. It’ll instantly lift your spirits!
So, this National Smile Month, make sure you’re turning that frown upside down. For the sake of your dental health, for the sake of yourself and for the sake of others!