Week 1: The life of a smile The smile is one of your greatest assets. It helps you to communicate your thoughts and emotions, and gives you extra confidence in your relationships, social life and career. Your mouth is also important for speaking, eating and drinking and breathing. Because of this, it makes sense to give your smile (and 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. Use a mouthwash every day. Cut down how much and how often you have sugar. These simple steps are essential for good oral health. They will also take no longer than six minutes a day – so it’s a pretty good use of time too. Depending on what stage of life you are at, you may have different challenges when looking after your oral health. During National Smile Month, we will be publishing lots of resources and materials about how your smile changes through life and what you might need to do at each stage to keep on top of it. In the meantime, for more information about looking after your oral health, visit and share the following pages: Dental care for mother and baby. Children’s teeth. Teen’s teeth. Caring for my teeth and gums. Dental care for older people. Things to do Creating good habits takes time. That’s why we have made these easy oral health checklists – so you can keep on top of how you are looking after your smile. Children’s oral health checklist. Adults oral health checklist.