World Oral Health Day
World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated globally every year on 20 March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene to looking after everyone old and young.
It is organized by FDI World Dental Federation and is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health.
WOHD spreads messages about good oral hygiene practices to adults and children alike and demonstrates the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.
It is a day for people to have fun – that should be a day full of activities that make us laugh, sing and smile!
Why is WOHD Important?
Because 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime and many of them can be avoided with increased governmental, health association and society support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes.
In addition, World Oral Health Day offers the dental and oral health community a platform to take action and help reduce the overall disease burden.
Why on the 20th of March?
- Seniors must have a total of 20 natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy
- Children should possess 20 baby teeth
- Healthy adults must have a total of 32 teeth and 0 dental cavities
- Expressed on a numerical basis this can be translated as 3/20 hence March 20
The theme for 2018
Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health
The Say Ahh theme is a three-year campaign launched in 2018, starting with Think Mouth, Think Health as the first sub-theme. It empowers you to keep a healthy mouth and helps you maintain your general health and well-being. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand. Maintaining a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping it functioning correctly and for maintaining overall health and quality of life.
The theme focuses on four main messages:
1. Oral health is much more than a nice smile
2. Oral health and general health have a two-way relationship
3. The mouth cannot be isolated from the rest of the body
4. Most oral diseases share common risk factors with other diseases
For more info and campaign posters, etc. please visit http://www.worldoralhealthday.org http://www.worldoralhealthday.org/resources
We would like to encourage OHASA members, their patients, their families and friends to celebrate WOHD 2018 with the FDI! Be part of an international initiative!
We cannot create enough awareness about the importance of oral health and its link to our health in general.
All the things being advocated are things we make our patients aware of on a daily basis.
Mentioning a few things that some of you might know already…
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Use a toothbrush with a small or medium sized head and soft bristles.
- Make small, gentle circular motions to clean teeth.
- Remember to clean your tongue
- Floss in the evenings or use interdental brushes to clean in between teeth.
- If you have braces, implants and/ or a bridge you need to do additional maintenance.
- Change your toothbrush regularly, especially if you were ill.
- Oral Hygiene visit and dental check-up at least twice a year.
- Fissure Sealants for permanent teeth as they erupt into the mouth.
- For customised advice ask your Oral Hygienist – each mouth is different…
Some other things to be reminded of…
- Limit sugary drinks, including fruit juice.
- Limit sweets to after meal times.
- Be careful of sucking sweets – high sugar content.
- Have sugar free chewing gum if you need to.
- Limit alcohol and stop smoking.