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A blog by Divya Anand for World Smile Day.
By Divya Anand
World Smile Day takes place on 1 October 2021. Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts, is known to have created the smiley face in 1963 and according to WorldSmileDay.com, that image went on to become the most recognisable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet. Harvey Ball came up with the idea for World Smile Day which was first held in 1999, with the thought that we can all devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. Ever since then, we have celebrated this day on 1 October, around the world.
For many, smiling comes naturally and something that we do on a daily basis. But, we forget that for some, smiling doesn’t come so easily and that can be due to a lack of confidence with your teeth. According to Patient.info, research from Bupa Dental Care found that a third of adults admit to being unhappy with their smile; with 27% avoiding showing their teeth when they smile, 22% avoiding having their photo taken and 18% feeling the need to put their hand over their mouth when smiling.
Help achieve the perfect smile
More and more people are taking steps to achieve the perfect smile whether that is going through an orthodontic procedure, getting your teeth whitened or replacing missing teeth. Whilst most of us attend our dentist for regular routine appointments, there are some who avoid the dentist altogether but this can lead to various issues such as gum disease being left untreated which can then lead to multiple tooth loss.
For those that want to create that perfect smile, start by seeing your dentist routinely and also make appointments to see your hygienist. According to Patient.info, prevention is better than cure and if you want to maintain healthy gums and teeth be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes, floss and make sure you attend regular dental appointments. This will no doubt assist in achieving that perfect smile.
So, are you smiling for World Smile Day?