National Smile Month

Between 16 May and 16 June 2022, the Oral Health Foundation will be raising awareness of important oral health issues with the theme

Everyone deserves a healthy smile

Join the nations biggest oral health campaign and help bring a smile to 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.

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

39%

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

66%

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

25%

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

31%

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

74%

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

33%

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

60 million

60 million people in the UK do not have fluoridated water.

40miles

Two million adults in the UK have to travel at least 40 miles to access dental care.

8772

There are over 8,700 new cases of mouth cancer each year.

million

Over the last year, around six million adults in the UK have had long-lasting pain (over two weeks) caused by toothache.

million

In the UK, there are 6.9 million people who smoke cigarettes.


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