On March 20th, the world celebrates Oral Health Day with the intent of spreading awareness about oral hygiene and health. Everything we consume, whether consciously or unconsciously, enters our bodies through our mouths. It is essential to maintain good dental hygiene to stay healthy. Poor oral health affects almost 3.5 billion people globally, with far-reaching consequences. As a result, the FDI World Dental Federation organizes this yearly event to raise awareness around the world.
In 2013, the first World Oral Health Day (WOHD) was held. Every year, the FDI World Dental Federation designates a theme for this day, and this year’s theme is “Be Proud of Your Mouth for Your Happiness and Well-being.”
Oral diseases are a significant public health problem in many nations, affecting individuals throughout their lives. Oral diseases cause pain and suffering, social isolation, and a loss of self-confidence, and they are usually associated with other major health problems. However, there is no need to suffer; most oral health problems are preventable and treatable in their early stages. Therefore, the aim of WOHD is to provide individuals with the knowledge, resources, and confidence they need to maintain good oral health.
In 2021, FDI initiated a three-year campaign with the said theme. They want individuals to value and care for their oral health, as well as make the appropriate decisions to protect it. In the first year, FDI concentrated on how oral health influences our entire health. In 2022, the aim is to motivate people to take action by emphasizing the importance of a healthy mouth to their happiness and well-being, since optimal oral health improves one’s overall health, well-being, and quality of life.
The campaign provides an excellent platform for raising awareness and encouraging commitments and action to promote good oral health. Every year, the voice of the oral health community can be amplified by using strategically- planned activities at the local, national, and global levels.
The rising burden of oral disease necessitates action at all statutes: individual, family, and community. FDI believes that modest, targeted efforts may reduce the prevalence of oral disorders and make oral health a personal priority for everyone.
Oral health contributes to the maintenance of a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums. It also promotes the enhancement of your appearance. Poor oral health can lead to not just oral diseases, but also serious health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, respiratory problems, and preterm births in pregnant women. Therefore, taking good care of your mouth becomes extremely important. Here are some ways in which you can ensure the best dental care at home:
It is no secret that brushing your teeth at least twice a day is generally recommended. Even so, many of us continue to skip cleaning our teeth at night. Brushing before bed removes bacteria and plaque that have accumulated during the day.
How you clean your teeth is equally significant – in fact, doing a poor job of brushing your teeth is nearly as terrible as not brushing at all. To eradicate plaque, take your time and use the toothbrush in gentle, circular strokes.
Plaque can also accumulate on your tongue. Not only can this cause foul breath, but it can also lead to other oral health issues. Do not forget to clean your tongue gently every time you brush your teeth.
Water is indeed the healthiest beverage for your overall health, including your oral health. It is recommended to drink water after every meal as a basic rule. This can assist in the removal of some of the harmful effects of sticky and acidic meals and beverages in between brushing.
What you consume inside your mouth has an impact on both your overall health and the health of your teeth and gums. For example, sugar can develop cavities, because it provides food for the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. When this happens, acid is created, which can lead to the formation of holes in your enamel. On the other hand, eating calcium-rich meals can help to strengthen your teeth.
Your daily practices are critical to your overall oral health. Even the most diligent brushers and flossers should see a dentist regularly. At the least, you should visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. A dentist will not only be able to remove calculus and screen for cavities, but they will also be able to identify possible problems and suggest treatment options.
The rise in the worldwide prevalence of dental conditions is alarming, more so because most of these conditions can be prevented. It is vital that people understand the importance of dental health and practice it. Good dental care may help a person maintain their teeth and gums healthy from birth to adulthood. Brushing and flossing regularly, quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular dental examinations can all help people avoid cavities, gum disease, and other oral problems.