World Oral Health Day 2014 Celebrating Healthy Smiles
World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20 March. It is an international day to highlight and celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and reflects the major contribution oral health makes to our lives. It should remind us of the importance of oral health and how it directly effects so many things we do and enjoy in our daily lives such as talk, eat, smile, etc. WHOD is also an opportunity to promote worldwide awareness of issues around oral health and the importance to everyone old and young of looking after oral hygiene.
Why is WOHD important?
WOHD is important because 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime. Problems range from tooth decay and gum problems, to oral cancer.
Oral cancer is the eighth most common form of cancer in the world and the most costly to treat. The risk for oral cancer is 15 times higher when the two main risk factors, tobacco use and alcohol are combined.
Gum diseases are directly linked to diabetes, heart disease, pre-term birth, low birth weights and other health issues. Oral health can also impact self-confidence, create problems with social interactions and disrupt crucial functions like speaking and sleeping.
60%-90% of school children worldwide have dental caries. Toothache is the number one reason for absenteeism from schools in many countries.
High consumption of sugar is the number one risk factor for tooth decay and diabetes. The reality is though that the majority of dental problems can be avoided
Who should get involved?
Everybody can take part in WOHD 2104. This includes health associations, specialist groups, member organizations, governmental groups, educational associations and schools, the general public, and a large etcetera that can get involved to achieve healthier mouths and happier lives.
Celebrating our smiles will promote the global effort to protecting the teeth and mouth throughout life, from childhood to adulthood. Only by everyone playing their part that we will raise awareness and encourage people to take action to reduce all forms of oral disease.
What to do?
It is a day for people to have fun – a day that should be full of activities that make us laugh, sing and smile. The focus can be on the positive and enjoyable things we can do with a healthy mouth and healthy smile: Eat, laugh, kiss, whistle, talk, sing, chew.
The first line of oral health care however is with the individual through prevention, especially twice-brushing daily with a fluoride toothpaste and regular check-ups. There are over one million qualified dentists worldwide who, using modern dental treatments can restore almost all functions and aesthetics of a healthy dentition.
Further information can be obtained from Dr Zac Morse who is an Australian dentist in Shenzhen at:
Shenzhen International Chamber of Commerce Building,
Block B, 9/F, 138 First Fuhua Road, Futian, Shenzhen
24 hrs ☏ 13670038844
Reference: World Dental Federation.