Names most likely to make us smile and frown listed

The names most likely to make us smile or frown have been listed by the Oral Health Foundation

David and Jeremy have topped a poll of names that are likely to wipe a smile from our face.

The Oral Health Foundation, as part of National Smile Month, looked to find out who made the British public smile the most and least, with June, Donna, Helen, Louise and Lisa coming in as the women’s names most likely to wipe a smile from our face.

In contrast, George and Emily were the most likely names to make us smile.

‘Politicians are rarely the most popular people but at such a politically charged time it seems that even the mention of some of our top politician names such as, David and Jeremy, is enough to swiftly banish our smiles,’ Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, said.

‘Obviously this research is very subjective; we all have that one person in our lives that makes us grin from ear to ear and one that can quickly turn our smiles upside down.

‘A smile can make ourselves, and the people around us, feel better and they are hugely contagious so we should all try to keep those people close to us that make us smile.

‘The benefits of maintaining a healthy mouth also go far beyond that of our social lives.

‘There is increasing evidence that poor oral health is related to serious conditions such as cardiac disease, strokes, diabetes and even problems in pregnancy.’

The study was undertaken as part of National Smile Month, running from 16 May to 16 June, which aims to increase the awareness over the importance of our oral health.

Visit for more information about National Smile Month.

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