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Behind Your Smile

There is no limit to the list of things that make us smile every day. Whether it’s waking up to sunshine, finding unexpected cash in your pocket or the arrival of payday, there are lots of things that can put a smile on our faces, but a new survey suggests we smile the most when spending time with family and friends.

Why are smiles so important? Not only is a smile the first indication to someone that we are feeling happy in any given moment, but there are also a host of health benefits associated with smiling.

Our smile panel, made up of GP Dr Sarah Jarvis, gut health expert Dr Megan Rossi, and our very own Dental Therapist  Amanda Sheehan, have spoken about the importance of looking after what is Behind Your Smile – both for our oral health and general wellbeing.

To inform the conversation, we surveyed a national representative sample of adults across the UK to explore what makes us smile each day and to find out how much we really know about the important link between oral health and overall health.

With links to heart disease, diabetes, and mouth cancer, it is crucially important to keep our dental health in the best possible condition, to give our bodies everything they need to run sufficiently.


For more information from our expert Smile Panel, download the Behind Your Smile Toolkit.

Meet the Smile Panel

Dr Megan Rossi

Dr Megan Rossi is considered one of the most influential gut health specialists internationally. Megan is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with a PhD in gut health from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia.

She leads research at King’s College London investigating nutrition-based therapies in gut health, including pre- & probiotics, dietary fibres, the low FODMAP diet and food additives.

Megan also leads The Gut Health Clinic on Harley street, works in public engagement @TheGutHealthDoctor and has written two Sunday Time's best-selling books, 'Eat Yourself Healthy' and 'Eat More, Live Well'.

Dr Sarah Jarvis

Sarah Jarvis has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS, and over 26 years as a GP. She believes passionately in helping people to take control of their own health, and equally strongly in ensuring that everyone has reliable health information to allow them to make informed decisions.

She works with several medical charities, including the alcohol charity Drinkaware and several cancer charities. She has chaired the Health Care Committee of HEART UK, the cholesterol charity.

Sarah is Clinical Director of the patient information website Patient.info and has authored seven books for patients. She has been the resident doctor for the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 for the last 16 years and also appears on Good Morning Britain, BBC World News, BBC Radio 4, Radio 5 live, Channel 5 news and LBC.

Amanda Sheehan

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