World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20 March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene to looking after everyone old and young.
It is a day for people to have fun – that should be a day full of activities that make us laugh, sing and smile!
Why is WOHD Important?
Because 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime and many of them can be avoided with increased governmental, health association and society support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes.
In addition, World Oral Health Day offers the dental and oral health community a platform to take action and help reduce the overall disease burden.
Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health
The Say Ahh theme is a three-year campaign launched in 2018, starting with Think Mouth, Think Health as the first sub-theme. It empowers you to keep a healthy mouth and helps you maintain your general health and well-being. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand. Maintaining a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping it functioning correctly and for maintaining overall health and quality of life.
The theme focuses on four main messages:
Oral health is much more than a nice smile
Oral health and general health have a two-way relationship
The mouth cannot be isolated from the rest of the body
Most oral diseases share common risk factors with other diseases
Live Mouth Smart
The 2017 theme, ‘Live MOUTH SMART’, empowers people to take control of their oral health – throughout life – so they can enjoy a healthy, functional mouth from childhood into old age.
Oral health means the health of the mouth. A healthy mouth allows you to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease. No matter what your age – 5, 25, 65 or 85 years – oral health is vital to your general health and well-being.
Of the many resources developed for the campaign available on the World Oral Health Day website, you can find the video, an infographic from data collected in a survey, a brochure for the general public with oral health tips, among others.