World Oral Health Day is observed every year on 20th March. The main motive behind observing this day is to make people aware of all the problems and risks associated with oral diseases. World Oral Health Day is organised by FDI World Dental Federation and is celebrated through an international awareness campaign in more than 140 countries every year. World Oral Health Day was officially launched in 2007. Dentists say that a child should possess at least 20 baby teeth until they cross teenage and an old person should have 20 natural teeth at the end of their life. Therefore, World Oral Health Day is observed to make people aware about the significance of 20 teeth throughout the life. This year’s theme for World Oral Health Day is ‘Live Mouth Smart’.
Importance of Oral Health
Maintaining oral health is as important as maintaining overall health. Research says that there is a link between gum diseases and various health complications. Gum diseases such as swollen gums, ulcers, dry mouth, bleeding gums can contribute in the development of chronic diseases such as oral cancer, diabetes, heart disease, bowel syndrome, kidney disease, and leukaemia. World Oral Health Day aims at making people aware about the benefits and need of oral health.
How is World Oral Health Day Celebrated?
There are more than 10 million dentists and various other governmental and non-governmental organisations worldwide which are actively involved with the FDI World Dental Federation. There are several activities conducted globally on this day. Activities conducted on World Oral Health Day are:
Tips to maintain oral health
- Free dental checkups
- Educational programmes
- FDI world dental exhibition
- Social programs
- World oral forums
- Debates and Discussions
- Advertising and Public Meeting Campaign
- Brush twice a day at for at least two minutes. Always use toothpaste approved by the FDI.
- Remove plaque using dental floss. Floss helps in removing food particles from the areas, where your toothbrush cannot reach.
- Avoid cigarettes and tobacco products. Tobacco consumption makes a person vulnerable to oral and gum diseases.
- Eat a healthy diet full of vitamins and proteins. Vitamin A and Vitamin C are vital in preventing gum diseases. Avoid excessive consumption of refined sugar products like cakes and candies.
- Visit your dentist regularly for dental cleaning and exams.
- Avoid excessive intake of caffeine products such as soft drinks and coffee. Intake of caffeine increases the risk of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
- Regularly use tongue cleaner to remove bacteria from the top surface of your tongue.
- Increase the intake of calcium and vitamin products such as milk, yogurt, cheese, and broccoli. These products protect the gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding.