How can this be? London has been voted the best of British when it comes to their smiles.
In a national poll by the Oral Health Foundation, the capital saw off competition from 44 of the most populated cities in the UK.
More than 2,000 Brits were questioned as part of the National Smile Month initiative to try and provide an insight into smiles across the country.
The survey revealed that more than one in five (21 per cent) identified Londoners as having the greatest grins, beating those in York (18 per cent) and Liverpool (16 per cent) into second and third place.
The cities trailing behind in the smile stakes were Wolverhampton (ouch – too close for comfort), Salford and Lichfield who shared less than six per cent of the total vote between them.
We understand that Black Country heartland, Dudley, is not a city, so it does not qualify in this poll. But we would, however, like to put on record a big thanks for your smile for every patient that brightens our day.
London came out top in the National Smile Month poll
If you think our smiles can rival those in London visit our Facebook page and like us. Let’s see how many ‘likes’ we can get and help make Dudley a smiley place to be.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation discussed the poll in a news bulletin on the nationalsmilemonth.org website.
“London may have a reputation for being a place that is very short on smiles but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” he said.
“It shows that quantity is not always related to quality and when London residents do choose to smile their grins are showing the rest of the country the way forward.”
He added smiles were a powerful tool and “highly contagious.”
National Smile Month, which runs until June 16 is UK’s largest and longest running charity campaign initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of oral health, and this year celebrates its 40th year.
Three key messages are being promoted:
Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
We all want to see more smiles, and as a North Street Dental, we also want them to be healthy. Too often we have seen first-hand how smiles become lost as oral health deteriorates, affecting confidence, self-esteem, relationships and overall health.
National Smile Month is a great opportunity to get your smile on with a dental health check-up.