National Smile Month

Between 16 May and 16 June 2022, the Oral Health Foundation will be raising awareness of important health issues and ready to put a smile on everybody's face.

We want you to join us and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people.

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Oral health in the UK has never been better than it is right now. 

Over the last decade we have made a lot of progress to reduce dental disease across the UK and ultimately bring better oral health to all. 

However we still have a long way to go to address oral health issues across the country and National Smile Month can help us address some of the issues detailed below.


The amount of school days on average that are missed yearly due to dental problems. 


Almost two in five (39%) of adults that don't go to the dentist regularly.


Two in three (66%) of adults have visible plaque.


One in four (25%) adults do not brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.


Almost one in three (31%) of adults have tooth decay.


Around three in four (74%) of adults have had a tooth extracted.


One in three (33%) of adults have never flossed or cleaned interdentally.

60 million

60 million Brits do not have fluoridated water.


Two million Brits have to travel at least 40 miles to access dental care.


There are over 8,300 new cases of mouth cancer each year.


Over three million suffer from regular oral pain.


In Britain there are around six million people who smoke cigarettes.

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