National Smile Month

Young children in Luton have the highest levels of tooth decay across the East of England; sadly, this trend has continued for many years yet it’s everyone’s responsibility to help reduce this health inequality. The recently formed Oral Health Alliance Group (OHAG) lead by Public Health, Luton Borough Council, would like to encourage a huge effort from all partners to promote this year’s campaign and raise awareness of the positive effect of a healthy smile.

As key workers in Luton, we would like to know what and how your service, will be doing to promote the THREE key messages to help people achieve good physical and mental wellbeing by improving oral health:

• Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a family, fluoride toothpaste.

• Cut down on how much sugary food and drinks you have between meals

• Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

Ideas:

Organise a Two minute toothbrushing challenge.  

Put oral health on to the classroom agenda; partner up with a local dental practice.  

Promote a Smileathon – snap yourself, friends and colleagues using a Smiley.

Create a display with key preventative messages

Co-ordinate a new tooth brush swap

There are so many more things you may like to do…let us know! The important thing is to get involved and put a smile on people’s faces.

Visit: www.dentalhealth.org for great tips and ideas. OHAG will collate your activities so remember to give us names, photos etc so that we can highlight your work.

contact Flyingstart@luton.gov.uk

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