World Oral Health Day
World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20 March. The theme is â€œWorld Oral Health Day 2014, Celebrating healthy smilesâ€- because having a healthy mouth is cause for celebration! highlighting the enjoyable things we can do when we have a healthy mouth and a healthy smile: Eat, laugh, kiss, brush, whistle, rinse, chewâ€¦ for a healthy mouth!
Quick global facts on oral healthcare and diseases
90% of the worldâ€™s population will suffer from oral disease in their lifetime, ranging from caries, periodontal diseases and tooth decay to oral cancer.
Only 60% of the worldâ€™s population enjoys access to oral healthcare.
60%-90% of school children worldwide have dental caries.
Toothache is the number one reason for absenteeism from schools in many countries.
Although the burden of oral diseases is decreasing in developed countries, gum complications are becoming more common, especially in older people. Major risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use and a diet high in fat, salt and sugar contribute to a range of chronic diseases including oral disease.
The first line of oral health care is with the individual through prevention, especially twice-brushing daily with a fluoride toothpaste and regular check-ups.