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What is World Oral Health Day?

World Oral Health Day reminds us annually to spread the word about oral diseases and the importance of oral health for overall health.

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What is World Oral Health Day?

World Oral Health Day reminds us annually to spread the word about oral diseases and the importance of overall health.

As ADA President Chad P. Gehani said: Dentistry is essential for health care. This is because it evaluates, diagnoses, prevents, or treats oral diseases that affect systemic health.

Oral Health: definition

It is related to a person’s ability to communicate, use their senses, and eat. We mean how they make facial expressions such as smiling and speaking. Eating is not only chewing properly but even tasting and smelling too! The mouth is like a window to the digestive and respiratory systems, hence its importance for overall health.

World Oral Health Day 2024-2026 campaign

Oral Health Campaign

World Oral Health Day is an annual event organized by the FDI World Dental Federation. The theme for the upcoming years is “A happy mouth is a happy body”, which emphasizes the importance of oral health in maintaining overall health. The campaign features Toothie, FDI’s beloved mascot, as its star.

World Oral Health 2021-2023

The theme for 2021-2023 sent the message: Be Proud Of Your Mouth, which means value and take care of it. As the FDI World Dental Federation says on its website: “…an unhealthy mouth not only impacts general health but it can have a severe impact on people’s emotional, social, mental, and overall physical well-being.”

Previous campaigns mottos:

2022: Be Proud of Your Mouth for your happiness and well-being.

2021: Protect Your Teeth For a Longer Life

Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry

The three keys to a healthy mouth:

  1. Good dental hygiene
  2. Balanced diet
  3. Dental checkups

We can summarize what you can do for individual care, such as regular visits to the doctor. While many can leave them for later, going for your regular medical checkups helps detect diseases early. Your health provider could find signs of oral cancer, for example. Learn more about a dentist’s tasks.

Another oral health professional that might assist you is the maxillofacial surgeon.

Listen to the signals

Sometimes we assume that pain is normal. If your teeth hurt, go to revision.

You need as many teeth as you can!

Missing a tooth not only affects your aesthetic but also your ability to eat or talk.

Dental Emergencies

Severe pain and traumas must be treated ASAP. Learn more about symptoms considered dental emergencies.

Dental Fear

Another reason to avoid visiting your dentist may be related to fear or anxiety. We understand it, so we have written an article to help you cope with dental anxiety

Oral diseases

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum diseases
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Oral and facial pain
  • Mouth and throat cancers
  • Dry mouth

The importance of early diagnosis 

Oral diseases cause pain and discomfort, social isolation, and loss of self-confidence. Oral diseases are often linked to other serious health issues. However, there is no reason to suffer! Most conditions are preventable, and with an early diagnosis, your oral health providers can treat them in their early stages. Follow our recommendations to prepare yourself for a dental appointment.

Did you know that digital dentistry can enhance preventive care? Preventive care is the first milestone in a long-lasting good oral health journey. Technology helps dentists explain to patients their current situation and potential treatments – all on time.

History of the celebration

World Oral Health Day was first declared in 2007 and was initially celebrated on 12 September – the birth date of FDI founder Dr. Charles Godon. The campaign was fully activated until 2013, after the date was changed to 20 March to avoid overlapping with the FDI World Dental Congress.

The 3/20 in the new date symbolizes:

  1. To consider seniors healthy they must have a total of 20 natural teeth.
  2. Children should possess 20 baby teeth.
  3. Healthy adults must have 32 teeth and 0 dental cavities.

In 2020, our whole world changed. Health care is in the spotlight more than ever, and everyone must recognize dental care as essential.

What action are you taking to improve your mouth’s health? Please share with us in the comments.

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