On 20th March, International Oral Health Day is celebrated annually. It is organized by FDI World Dental Federation and is the most significant global oral health awareness campaign. This focuses on emphasizing the benefits of good oral health, spreading awareness of oral diseases, and encouraging oral hygiene maintenance.
Every year, WOHD focuses on a particular theme and reaches out to the public, health professionals, and educators, who all have a role to play in helping to reduce the risk of oral illness.
World Oral Health Day 2019 theme was ‘ Tell Ahh: Act on Mouth Health.’ Through this campaign, people were suggested to take steps to prevent oral disease and improve their overall health.
Since we all know, the engine of our body requires calories that we extract from food, and we consume food through the mouth. It doesn’t matter how good we eat if our mouth is not fit. It isn’t going to be beneficial to us. Oral health is of equal importance to general health. Poor oral health can result not only in oral diseases but also in serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes mellitus, stroke, breathing problems, and premature births.
World Oral Health Day Campaigns Themes
- 2013: Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Life
- 2016: Healthy mouth. Health body.
- 2017: Live Mouth Smart
- 2014: Celebrating Healthy Smiles
- 2015: Smile for Life!
- 2018: Say Ahh: Think Mouth Think Health
- 2019: Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health
- 2020: Online Pledge Generator
To carry out World Oral Health Day in each country and create a truly global movement, FDI depends on individual action around the world.
Let’s develop some healthy habits on this world oral health day 2020
- Brush your teeth twice a day and flossing your teeth regularly
Poor oral health can result in plaque-forming bacteria in the mouth, making the teeth and gums weak to oral diseases and other conditions. Brushing your teeth is one of the key parts of your daily routine for oral hygiene. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush twice a day. Make sure that your toothbrush is replaced every three to four months or earlier if the bristles are broken. An old worn toothbrush doesn’t clean your teeth well. Develop a habit to floss your teeth regularly.
- Visit a dentist every 6 months to have an oral health checkup
Regular dental visits are essential for keeping good oral health. Visit your dentist every 6 months even if you don’t see any serious oral problem.
- Avoid tobacco, pan masala, and Gutkha
Excessive alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for over 200 diseases, including oral disease. Excessive alcohol itself, or besides tobacco, increases the risk of mouth cancer, gum disease, and cavities (due to acidity and high sugar content).
- Decrease sugar intake in your food / Eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in vegetables and fruits
One risk factor for oral disease, as well as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer is the intake of too much sugar from sweets, processed foods, and soft drinks. High sugar use leads to severe addiction and causes weight gain. Try to add more fruits and vegetables in your diet.