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Teeth 4 Life – National Smile Month 2010

10-05-2011

National Smile Month is run by the UK’s leading independent oral health charity, the British Dental Health Foundation. Dedicated to improving the public’s oral health, this year’s campaign of ‘Teeth4Life’ highlights the importance of looking after your teeth and maintaining them for life.

The three key messages of the campaign are

  • Brush teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary snacks and drinks

To support the event, at Sparkle Dental Boutique, Hounslow all patients visiting the practice during this month will receive a toothbrush and toothpaste kit to help keep their teeth for life!

In the lead-up to this year’s campaign, evidence of the first documented link between a foetal death and the mother’s pregnancy-related gum disease emerged in the United States. The case emphasized the importance of preventive dental treatment and good oral health practice. The foundation continues to report the latest evidence of systematic links between oral health and overall health.

Premature Births

In January 2010, Microbiologist Yiping Han, the lead author of a U.S. case study conducted a Cleveland’s Department of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Ohio, identified oral bacteria originating from a 35 year-old woman’s gingivitis as the cause of her stillborn baby. Findings were published in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Heart

In May 2009, new research findings on gum disease and heart disease reveal evidence of the specific genetic variant linking aggressive periodontitis and coronary heart disease.

Diabetes

May 2009, when new evidence was presented at the 2009 International Association of Dental Research Conference which supported casual links between oral health and diabetes. The importance of dental care as an ideal opportunity for early diabetes screening came after studies suggested that those with periodontitis and unchecked gum disease were linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Source: BDHF

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