Written by Amanda Oakey

On Friday 28 February and Saturday 1 March the Foundation will once again roll into the NEC in Birmingham for the Dentistry Show. If you come and visit us at stand H102, you will definitely leave with a smile.

Everyone who comes to visit us will be able to share a laugh and a giggle with our brand new ‘Smileys’ for 2014, the now iconic face of National Smile Month.

The campaign, which takes place from 19 May to 19 June, is a fun and easy way to get involved and make the general public think about their oral health. Each ‘Smiley’ has our three key messages for good oral health on them. These are:

  • Brush for two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

At the stand you’ll find out all the information you need to get people smiling. You can pick up one of our National Smile Month 2014 guides, chat to a member of the Educational Resources team on our lips sofa and even have your picture taken with a Smiley! We’ll be printing them out and popping them up on our Smiley wall, so pop along and join in the fun.

Oral health may be a topic you discuss with patients on a regular basis, but how often do you actively go about promoting it, especially to the millions of people who still don’t visit their dentist regularly and those most at risk?

If you haven’t, or even if you have, now’s your chance. The campaign is a brilliant way to engage with members of the general public in the hope you will better their oral health.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to find out more about the charity’s many other initiatives to improve dental health, including Dental Buddy, our full range of patient education materials and information, product accreditation and other ways to support the Foundation’s charitable work.

For more information about the campaign and to register your details please visit the National Smile Month website.

Dentistry Show 2014 Visit British Dental Health Foundation on stand H102


Oral Health Foundation

The Oral Health Foundation is a charity that works to improve oral health by providing education, advice, and support to millions of people every year, changing lives for the better. Our mission is to support others in achieving a healthier life through better oral health. Our vision is to live in a world where everybody has a healthy mouth and is free of dental disease. Poor oral health can have a harmful and devastating effect on a person’s life – both for their physical health and mental wellbeing. We are determined to help more people achieve good oral health and have a better quality of life. Sadly, oral disease remains common, across the life course. We are taking the challenge to reduce the harm caused by poor oral health and the responsibility to create a healthier future for everybody. We do this because we believe that everybody deserves to have good oral health. To make sure this happens, by 2024, we will:

    • Work towards decreasing the prevalence of oral disease across communities.
    • Increase the number of people accessing our help and information services.
    • Diversify our range of resources to reach more communities.
    • Successfully campaign for policies which help people achieve healthier lives.
    • Generate new and nurture existing income streams that enable us to deliver our charitable objectives.

We are going to achieve success by:

    • Running awareness campaigns like National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month.
    • Giving anybody who needs it direct support through our Dental Helpline.
    • Influencing policy on subjects like dental access, sugar, and tobacco.
    • Providing consumer advice on oral health care products and working alongside manufacturers to make sure products do what they claim to do.
    • Creating resources and information that communicates positive oral health messages.
    • Working alongside others who share our passion for health and wellbeing.

To find out more about us, visit our website at https://www.dentalhealth.org/

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