About this theme National Smile Month 2022 is all about shining a light on inequalities within oral health. Millions of people every year are affected by oral health problems. Oral diseases can leave you in extreme pain and affect your quality of life. Sadly, oral diseases may also be life-threatening. Oral health inequalities affect lots of different people and groups within society. Your age, wealth, level of education and where you live can all determine how healthy, or unhealthy, your mouth might be. Inequalities are often preventable. They are also unfair and unjust. In the UK, oral health inequalities can lead to a greater risk of: Oral diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth loss and tooth extractions. Mouth cancer. Dental phobias and anxiety. Less access to frontline care and support services. During National Smile Month, we need your support to help more people achieve a healthier life through better oral health. You can do this by providing information and support for children and families, the elderly and vulnerable, people with disabilities and those living in deprivation or isolation. Throughout the campaign, National Smile Month will be focusing on different areas within oral health inequalities, to help address and tackle a number of important issues. Use the links below to discover more about how you can take part in National Smile Month and support those in need of a little extra help.