Give us a smile!
It takes 43 muscles to frown but just 17 to smile. And 61 per
cent of us have been attracted to someone simply by their
The team is holding two events in June to share
information and advice about taking good care of your mouth and
teeth and why this can be so important.
Hannah Thorpe, Senior Dental Officer,
Stanley Primary Care Centre said: "Poor oral health goes so much
further than having unsightly teeth or bad breath: increasingly,
studies are showing that it may have a negative impact on our
general health too. Approximately 46,500 children and young people
under 19 were admitted to hospital due to dental decay in 2013-14,
making it by far the most common reason for children aged five to
nine to be admitted to hospital.
"Having a healthy mouth means being able to eat,
speak, swallow and smile comfortably and without pain or
embarrassment. It also contributes to our general good health
"The good news is that the two most common
dental diseases, decay (caries) and gum (periodontal) disease are
largely preventable and there are simple steps that we can all take
to make our mouths healthier. Prevention is key."
The free events are being held in Easington
Colliery and Durham City:
Tuesday 9 June - 10am - 3pm
Thursday 18 June - 9.30am -
Durham Town Hall
Julie King, Oral Health Promotion Lead at County
Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "One of the main
themes chosen for this campaign is the focus on drinks that are
kind to teeth. There are many health benefits to drinking plain
water for both children and adults. A glass of water is still the
best drink to quench a thirst at any time of day or night."
The Trust is pleased to be supporting the
National Smile Month campaign again this year; helping to share the
three key oral health messages aimed at preventing oral
• Brush your teeth last thing
at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride
• Cut down on how often you
have sugary foods and drinks. Ideally keep sugary foods and drinks
• Visit your dentist regularly;
as often as they recommend.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community