Think Mouth, Think Health.
On the 20th of March, countries around the globe will celebrate World Oral Health Day (WOHD). This year’s theme Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health is all about the importance of understanding the intrinsic link between oral health and general health.
Preventive care is always the best option, so seek early detection and treatment to fight oral diseases and associated general health conditions.
Our mouths are the mirrors to our body and they reflect our general health and well-being. A look into the mouth can reveal nutritional deficiencies, unhealthy habits and signs of other diseases.
What do we know about oral diseases?
Oral diseases affect 3.9 billion people worldwide and it can come in different forms. Tooth decay and gum diseases are the most common ones.
Most oral diseases share common risk factors with other diseases – including unhealthy lifestyle (alcohol and smoking), poor oral hygiene and diet that’s particularly high in sugar. Oral diseases are linked with diabetes, heart diseases, respiratory diseases and some cancers; while having diabetes increases the risk of getting gum disease.
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WOHD Tips: Here’s how you can protect your mouth and body
- Eat healthy and stay away from sugary food and drinks and processed foods. This will keep you away from oral disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
- Don’t use tobacco in any form. Tobacco contributes to heart disease, respiratory diseases, cancers and is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the world.
- Avoid alcohol. Alcohol is a major risk factor for more than 200 disease including oral diseases. Alone or in combination of with tobacco, the risk for cancers of the mouth, gum disease and tooth decay.
- Brush twice a day and don’t leave your teeth and gums vulnerable to oral diseases. Chronic infection can lead to tooth loss and can impact the control of diabetes and heart disease.
- Wear mouthguards when engaging in contact sports.
- Visit your dentist regularly every six months.
- Use the two campaign hashtags #SayAhh and #WOHD18 in your promotion and join the global conversation.
- Use the following these free resources and share them on social media to show your support.