The smile is one of your greatest assets.

It helps you to communicate your thoughts and emotions, allows you to eat and drink, and gives you extra confidence in your relationships, social life and career.

Because of this, it makes sense to give your mouth the best care possible.

Looking after your smile throughout all stages of life is really important and can improve your quality of life.

Whether you are a younger person, adult, or older person, keeping your mouth healthy can be easy – if you know how.

During National Smile Month and beyond, make sure you follow these healthy habits:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and at one other time during the day.
  • Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Brush your tongue.
  • Clean in between your teeth everyday with interdental brushes or floss.
  • Cut down how much and how often you have sugar.
  • Reduce alcohol intake
  • Quit smoking

These simple steps are essential for good oral health.

Depending on what stage of life you are at, you may have different challenges when looking after your oral health.

Your smile changes through life and what you might need to do at each stage to keep on top of it. Visit these pages for advice relevant to your stage of life.

Remember to also maintain regular oral health examinations. If you are overdue then please get in touch as soon as possible.