World Oral Health Day 2019

2019 World Oral Health Day: Act on Mouth Health

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  • 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.

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Here are a few facts about oral health problems from the World Health Organization (source):

  • 1

    It is estimated that oral diseases affected 3.58 billion people with tooth decay in permanent teeth being the most prevalent condition assessed.

  • 2

    Severe gum disease, which may result in tooth loss, was estimated to be the 11th most prevalent disease around the world.

  • 3

    In some Asian-Pacific countries, the incidence of oral cancer ranks among the three top cancers.

  • 4

    Tobacco, alcohol and areca nut (betel quid) use are among the leading causes of oral cancer.

  • 5

    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.

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    Poor oral hygiene and inadequate exposure to fluoride have negative effects on oral health.

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