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Smiley Campaign Encourages Residents to Put a Smile On

Oxford County Public Health is taking part in a social media campaign aimed at bringing awareness to the importance of oral health

OXFORD COUNTY - Oxford County Public Health is encouraging residents to try a smile on.

The Smiley Campaign aims to bring awareness to the importance of oral health by encouraging residents to take a photo of themselves with a bright red smile decal. The photos can then be uploaded to the Oxford County Public Health Events page to enter into a draw for oral health prizes, including electric toothbrushes.

Oral Health Educator for Oxford County Eliesha Shearer says picking up the decal is easy. "You can get the smile decals at the Health Unit as well as we're going out to all the high schools and just even call us and come on and pick up a smile."

Shearer hopes this year's campaign will be as big a success as last year's. "We were actually the first one in all of Ontario - this is our second year running it. Last year we actually ended up winning the Canadian Dental Hygiene Award for Health Promotion in 2014. So that was throughout all of Ontario that we won."

The Smiley Campaign was originally started in the UK by the British Dental Association.

The contest emphasizes three major tips to achieve good oral health: brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks, and visit the dentist regularly.

Shearer also reminds residents of programs offered through Oxford County Public Health to help everyone gain access to dental care.

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