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World Oral Health Day 20 March 2016

Written by Stella Pascale on Sunday, 13 March 2016 06:42

On the 20th of March we will be celebrating World Oral Health Day, an international initiative organized by the FDI (World Dental Federation).


The theme for this year: It all starts here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body.


WOHD 2016 aims to get everyone to recognize the impact their oral health has on overall physical health and wellbeing.


As the Oral Hygienists Association of South Africa we would like to encourage good oral healthcare for yourself and your families.

Seeing that school holidays are around the corner, make some time to visit your oral hygienist and dentist.


Some pointers on things you might know already!


Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

Use a toothbrush with a small to medium sized head.

The bristles of the toothbrush should be soft to medium, multi-tufted, round ended nylon bristles.

Use small circular movements to clean teeth.

Brush your tongue to avoid bad breath.

Change your toothbrush regularly (at least every 3 months).

Power brushes are an advantage – ask your oral hygienist for advice on how to use it correctly and what type of brush would be best suited for you as there are various types and brands.

Use floss and/or interdental brushes to clean in between teeth and other hard to reach areas.

Limit sugary drinks and snacks including sports drinks and energy sachets.

Xylitol is a great replacement for sugar.

Be careful with continued use of sucking sweets – sugar content.

Use sugar free chewing gum after snacking.

Ask your oral health care provider to recommend a mouthwash for your needs.

Watch out for signs of bleeding gums and painful teeth- early detection is key to oral health.

Eat fresh fruit and vegetables for your oral and full body health.

Drink enough water every day and avoid acidic drinks.

Avoid smoking and drug abuse as it leads to oral and general health issues.

Be aware that oral piercings can lead to many oral health problems. Ask for expert advice.

Dental check-up and oral hygiene visits at least twice a year.


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