Oral health is an important aspect of a person’s overall physical health, but it is a dimension of wellness that not everyone is able to attend to. Many people living in all parts of the world do not have access to adequate dental care in infancy, childhood, adolescence, or adulthood. People at every stage of life have distinct oral health care needs and these needs affect people around the globe. World Oral Health Day takes place every year on March 20. 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.
Why Is Oral Health So Important
Did you know that 90% of the world’s population will experience some type of oral disease in their lifetime? These people will require education, treatment and support if oral health is to be maintained. Untreated, oral disease can lead to infection, tooth loss, cardiovascular complications, diabetic complications and many other health problems.
The team and volunteers behind World Oral Health Day want to increase access to programs that address the three primary aspects of public health. These are:
• Prevention – Equipping people with the knowledge and tools to resist disease in the first place.
• Detection – Ensuring access to knowledgeable health care workers that can correctly identify oral disease in its most treatable stages.
• Treatment – Delivering consistent and appropriate care from professionals and educating patients to continue effective symptom management on their own.
How You Can Help
There are lots of ways to get involved with World Oral Health Day. Toolkits are available online and contain everything you need to share this event with others. Posters, social media material, and lots of other helpful items are available online. You can even look up global events to see which are taking place near you. Visit http://www.worldoralhealthday.com/ for more information.