Week 5: Mouth, mind & body There are strong findings that support something that health experts have suspected for a long time… infections in the mouth can be linked with problems in other parts of the body and the mind. Diseases and conditions which may be caused or made worse by poor oral health include: Heart disease. Strokes. Diabetes. Giving birth to a premature or low-birth-weight baby. Respiratory (lung) disease. Dementia. Most of these problems are linked to poor gum health, specifically severe gum disease, and the bacteria that lives in your mouth. It means that having a healthy mouth could help you keep such disease at bay. During National Smile Month, you can learn all about preventing gum disease. We’ll be giving you lots of tips about oral hygiene routines to stop gum infections and advice on what foods and drinks your gums will love (and hate). You’ll also be able to find out how to spot the early signs of gum disease and know what to do when you notice anything out of the ordinary. Until then, take a further look into how the benefits of good oral health go far beyond that of the mouth: Oral health and general wellbeing. Come along to the Brushathon! Brushing your teeth is one of the most effective ways to prevent gum disease – and keep a healthy mouth, body and mind. Tooth brushing is not usually considered a communal event. It’s done in the privacy of your bathrooms, in the morning and last thing at night. Perhaps you’ll open the door for your partner or children, but apart from that, your brushing routine is something not too many people see. That is until National Smile Month comes around! On Wednesday 15 June 2022, The Great British Brushathon will connect people from all around the world in one giant communal brushing event. All you must do is take a selfie whilst brushing your teeth and post it to social media. Alternatively, if you want to get a bit more creative you can film a video of yourself brushing. If you live with any family or friends, get them to join you too.