World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day
8 Apr 2024
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World Oral Health Day

    "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness-William Arthur Ward."


    Did you smile today? If you forgot to smile, let's take a minute and embrace our smile. This is how we forget to take care of our oral health, which paves the way for several oral-related health issues. Today, we are going to explore World Oral Health Day and the importance of spreading awareness in this blog.


    Know About World Oral Health Day


    World Oral Health Day is celebrated on March 20 every year. It is a global awareness campaign to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. This campaign is supported by dental associations, oral health professionals, governments, and other organizations worldwide. It involves various activities such as oral health screenings, educational programs, and public awareness campaigns.


    Theme Of World Oral Health Day


    The theme for World Oral Health Day 2024 is "A happy month is..A happy body." World Oral Health Day aims to raise global awareness about the importance of dental health and its impact on overall health and well-being. This day provides an opportunity to celebrate progress in oral health, including advances in dental technology and the implementation of successful oral health programs.


    History Of World Oral Health Day 


    The FDI World Dental Federation launched World Oral Health Day in 2013. The FDI is a global dental organization representing more than one million dentists worldwide. The first World Oral Health Day was celebrated on September 12, 2013, with the theme "Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Life." And then, it started to be celebrated annually on March 20 with a new theme each year. The new date was picked to reflect the following:


    • Seniors must have 20 total natural teeth when their life ends in order to be considered healthy.
    • Twenty infant teeth should be present in children.
    • A healthy adult must have 32 teeth overall, with no dental cavities.
    • In terms of numbers, the above mentions can be written as 3/20, which means March 20.


    Goal Of World Oral Hygiene Day


    • To raise awareness about the importance of caring for their teeth and gums by practicing good oral habits such as brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, using mouthwash to remove plaque, preventing gum disease, and visiting the dentist regularly.
    • To encourage and educate people to adopt healthy oral hygiene practices as part of their daily routine.
    • The day aims to promote policies and programs that support better access to dental care for everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status or geographic location.
    • To notify people about the link between oral health and other health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections.


    Signs Of Poor Oral Health 


    1. Tooth pain: Pain or sensitivity in your teeth can be a sign of tooth decay, gum disease, or an abscessed tooth.
    2. Bleeding gums: Gums that bleed when you brush or floss can be a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis, which are forms of gum disease.
    3. Bad breath: Persistent bad breath (halitosis) can be a sign of poor oral hygiene, gum disease, or other medical conditions.
    4. Loose or shifting teeth: Teeth that are loose or shifting out of position can be a sign of advanced gum disease or other dental problems.
    5. Discolored teeth: Teeth that are discolored or stained can be a sign of poor oral hygiene, certain medications, or underlying medical conditions.
    6. Mouth sores: Mouth sores that don't heal within a week can indicate an infection or other dental problem.
    7. Dry mouth: A lack of saliva can indicate poor oral hygiene, and certain medications or underlying medical conditions can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
    8. Cracked or chipped teeth: Cracked or chipped teeth are a sign of weakened enamel, which can be caused by poor oral hygiene, teeth grinding, or other factors.


    Risks Associated With Poor Oral Health


    1. Bad breath: Ignoring oral hygiene procedures can also cause poor breath, which can impact a person's confidence and social life.
    2. Oral cancer: Poor oral health can increase the risk of oral cancer, which can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early.
    3. Cardiovascular disease: It is associated with poor dental health, which increases the risk of a condition such as endocarditis. The bacteria that cause gum disease enter the blood circulation and cause heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular disease.
    4. Diabetes: People with diabetes are already at a higher risk of infections due to their compromised immune systems. When they experience poor health, their immune system may be further compromised, making them more susceptible to infections and slower to recover.
    5. Infections of the respiratory system: Since harmful bacteria in the mouth can enter the lungs through breathing, poor oral hygiene habits might raise the risk of respiratory illnesses like pneumonia.
    6. Tooth decay and gum disease: Inadequate dental hygiene habits can result in tooth decay and gum disease, which can cause pain, discomfort, and, ultimately, tooth loss.


    How To Raise Awareness Among Everyone


    Spreading awareness about oral health is crucial to promoting better oral health practices and reducing the risks associated with poor oral health. Here are some ways to spread awareness on World Oral Health Day 2024.


    Social media: Social media can help to raise awareness about oral health. Distribute films, infographics, and other instructional materials highlighting the need to maintain good dental hygiene habits.

    Community events: Plan for community events like workshops, conferences, oral health exams, and other World Oral Health Day activities to raise awareness of the value of oral health. 

    School programs: Collaborate with schools and educational institutions to organize oral health education programs for children and young adults. Encourage schools to implement oral health education programs as part of their curriculum.

    Partnerships with healthcare professionals: Partner with dental clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare professionals to conduct events and promote free oral health screenings and check-ups.

    Media outreach: Reach out to media outlets, such as newspapers, television, radio, and other articles, to share information about World Oral Health Day and its significance. 


    Quick Facts About Oral Health


    1. Tooth decay is children's most common chronic disease, affecting over 530 million children worldwide.
    2. Children who receive dental sealants and fluoridated water can avoid cavities and save money from expensive dental care.
    3. Oral cancer is the 11th most common cancer globally, with an estimated 657,000 new cases and 330,000 deaths annually.
    4. Smoking increases the risk of gum disease by up to six times.
    5. 60-90% of school-aged children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities.
    6. Usage of tobacco and disease conditions such as diabetes play a main risk factor for gum disease.


    Smile, And Let Your Teeth Breathe!


    The bottom line is that maintaining good oral health is essential to our overall health. Practicing good dental hygiene habits, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco use can help reduce symptoms, prevent dental problems, and promote good oral health. On World Oral Health Day 2024, let us remember the importance of taking care of our oral health and spread awareness about the importance of oral healthcare. To raise awareness by working together, we can help reduce the global burden of oral diseases and improve the quality of life for millions worldwide.

    Written by
    Ishwarya RMedical Content Writer
    AboutIshwary R is a Medical Content Writer at MrMed. She completed her PG from the University of Madras, Chennai. She did her final year project in CSIR-CLRI, Adyar, entitled Studies on production of Biosurfactant by bacillus subtilis using Leather industry bioproduct. She did her offline internship and learned clinical Laboratory skills in Billroth hospital and her online internship in SS Healthcare. She strengthened her skills in research, writing, editing, and proofreading medical content, blogs, and scientific articles.
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