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World Oral Health Day

 On World Oral Health Day, celebrated on March 20, the World Dental Federation (FDI) has launched its #BeProudOfYourMouth campaign. 

World Oral Health Day

It is a three-year initiative that aims to provide people with the tools and knowledge to prevent and control oral diseases, which affect more than 3.5 billion people worldwide.

The WOHD (World Oral Health Day) campaign provides an ideal platform to raise awareness and encourage commitments and actions to promote good oral health. By leveraging carefully coordinated efforts at local, national, and global levels, the voice of the oral health community can be amplified in the run-up to WOHD each year.

The increasing burden of oral disease demands action at all levels: individual, family, and community. The FDI is confident that "simple, targeted action has the power to curb the prevalence of oral disease and make oral health a personal priority for everyone."

Dental-Office.org also wanted to join this campaign with the hashtag #BeProudOfYourMouth, whose central message is to highlight the need to go to the dentist and not delay treatment since a minor pathology can lead to severe complications.

Key oral health messages

To mark World Oral Health Day, the FDI is launching seven critical oral health messages as recommendations:

  •  Take care of oral health to take care of general health. Like other significant diseases, prevention, early detection, and treatment of oral diseases are essential to stop any adverse effects on the rest of your body.

  •  Learn good oral health habits as a child. Caring for your teeth and mouth is essential because germs can cause toothache, tooth decay, and holes in the teeth.

  •  Protect your mouth while on the go. Chewing sugarless gum has been proven to benefit dental health by helping to neutralize plaque acids.

  •  Take care of oral health. Tooth decay is the most common health condition in the world, caused by unhealthy diets high in sugar and exposure to other risk factors.

  •  Follow a balanced, low-sugar diet. Eating excessive amounts of sugar in beverages, snacks, and processed foods causes tooth decay, contributes to obesity, and increases the risk of diabetes.

  •  Visit the dentist regularly. Oral diseases affect nearly 3.5 billion people and are often linked to other serious health problems. These diseases often cause pain, discomfort, social isolation, loss of self-confidence, and loss of work or school hours.

  •  Practice a good oral hygiene routine. Oral diseases, such as dental caries (tooth decay) and gum disease, can affect all aspects of life, from relationships and self-confidence to school, work, and the ability to interact with others. However, oral diseases are preventable, so it is essential to practice a good oral hygiene routine daily.