- World Oral Health Day: Suggestions & Tips

Every year on March 20th World Oral Health Day encourages people around the world to make a pledge to look after their oral health.

According to the FDI World Dental Association, oral diseases affect nearly 4 billion people around the globe. Untreated tooth decay is the most prevalent oral health issue. Other common oral health issues around the world include gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss. About 30% of people between the ages of 65 and 74 have no natural teeth.

For this reason, World Oral Health Day launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene so that governments, health associations and the general public can work together to achieve healthier mouths and happier lives.

World Oral Health Day was launched on 20 March 2013 by FDI World Dental Federation. The day also marks the launch of a year-long campaign to raise awareness of oral health and prevention of oral diseases. Since 2013 these campaigns have featured a specific theme.

World Oral Health Day Themes:
2013: Healthy Teeth for Healthy Life
2014: Brush for a Healthy Mouth!
2015: Smile for Life!
2016: It All Starts Here. Healthy mouth. Health body.
2017: Live Mouth Smart
2018: Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health
2019: Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health
2020: Say Ahh: Unite for Mouth Health
2021-2023: Be Proud of Your Mouth

How to Observe #WorldOralHealthDay
Dental associations around the world, along with dentistry students, dentists, and other health professionals hold free dental screenings, free oral cancer screenings, and oral health seminars. Some dentists provide free or low-cost basic dental services. Other dentists hold toothbrush drives. During the toothbrush drive, dentists collect new toothbrushes and other dental supplies and disperse them to local charities.

The best thing you can do to participate is to make a pledge to look after your oral health. Here are some other ways to participate:

- Organize a toothbrush drive in your community.

- Schedule your routine dental exam.

- Learn how your oral health impacts your overall health.

- Thank your dental team for helping you maintain good oral health.

Don’t forget to spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldOralHealthDay or #WOHD

The FDI World Dental Federation launched World Oral Health Day in 2007. 
The day was originally celebrated on September 12th, which is the birthdate of FDI founder, Dr. Charles Godon. In 2013, to avoid conflict with the FDI World Dental Congress in September, the date was changed to March 20th. 

The date reflects the importance of the number 20 when it comes to oral health. Seniors should have 20 natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy. Also, children should possess 20 baby teeth.

As we celebrate oral health day on 20th March (and every day), now is the ideal time to examine the daily oral hygiene habits of you and your family.
Although oral health issues continue to affect a large number of people across the globe, the key to overcoming this crisis is for each individual person to take the necessary steps in protecting their smile!





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