Oral Health America (OHA) is pleased to announce the United States launch of National Smile Month, an oral health education campaign to be hosted May 18 to June 17. A 32-year tradition in the United Kingdom, National Smile Month will run simultaneously in the United States and United Kingdom for the first time, thanks to a partnership between OHA and the British Dental Health Foundation. This year's theme is "Brush for Health!"
The campaign promotes key oral health messages, and encourages participation at any level by dental practices, clinics, schools, medical practices, community centers, and others who would like to raise the profile of oral health. National Smile Month Handbook contains suggestions and examples of fun, interactive activities for all ages. The campaign's Web site, www.nationalsmilemonth.org, provides press release templates and ideas for engaging local media. We've had several requests from British practices who would like to team up with U.S. practices to share events and create a great story for press coverage.