National Smile Month Campaign Encourages People to Save Water
This year’s annual National Smile Month campaign is encouraging people to save water, as well as brushing up on oral hygiene.
The British Dental Health Foundation has joined forces with Save Water Save Money to promote oral health and saving money by cutting down on the amount of water we use. Research carried out by Save Water Save Money and the BDHF revealed that every person could save up to 12 litres of water by turning off the taps when they brush their teeth.
Research also revealed that around two thirds of children aged between 7 and 10 years old admit to leaving the tap running when they brush their teeth. This figure was reduced to just 6 percent in homes using a water-saving aid. Research revealed that homes using water-saving aids saved more than 4,230 litres of water.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said that rinsing with water after brushing your teeth could actually be less beneficial, as leaving toothpaste on the teeth will ensure that the fluoride remains on the teeth.
Drinking water is a much healthier choice than other drinks and can be particularly beneficial after eating sugary and acidic foods. However, it is important that people are aware of ways to save water, which will help to cut bills, as well as wastage.
Tim Robertson, Director of Save Water Save Money, said that the campaign marries two important ideas, promoting oral health and saving water. By using water-saving aids, such as the Toothy Timer and taking note of the British Dental Health Foundation’s advice, people can enjoy good oral health, while also benefiting from lower water bills.
The National Smile Month campaign will run until June 20th.
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