- Take good care of your oral health at home
- Eat a healthy diet, particularly one low in sugar, avoid tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption
- Have a regular dental check-up
Every year on the 20th of March, World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated around the world to highlight the importance of oral health in achieving overall health and well-being. WOHD aims to educate both children and adults about good oral hygiene practices.
Oral diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease are preventable. With proper oral hygiene, a healthy diet that is low in sugar, regular dental check-ups and managing risk factors (tobacco and alcohol use), we can keep our mouths and body healthy.
Here are a few facts about oral health problems from the World Health Organization (source):
It is estimated that oral diseases affected 3.58 billion people with tooth decay in permanent teeth being the most prevalent condition assessed.
Severe gum disease, which may result in tooth loss, was estimated to be the 11th most prevalent disease around the world.
In some Asian-Pacific countries, the incidence of oral cancer ranks among the three top cancers.
Tobacco, alcohol and areca nut (betel quid) use are among the leading causes of oral cancer.
Severe tooth loss and edentulism (no natural tooth) was one of the leading ten causes of Years Lived with Disability (YLD) in some high-income countries.
Poor oral hygiene and inadequate exposure to fluoride have negative effects on oral health.
How do you keep your family’s oral health in check? Have a look at these checklists: