World Oral Health Day (WOHD) takes place on the 20th of March every year. Launched in 2013 by the World Dental Federation (FDI), it is dedicated to promoting global awareness of the importance of oral health and hygiene. On this day governments and national dental associations in over 130 different countries take part in campaigns which are designed to show the public that the majority of oral diseases are avoidable.
Out of the world’s population, 90% will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime but this figure could drop significantly if people had regular dental check-ups and practiced good oral hygiene. Increased funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes would make this goal more attainable.
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Each year WOHD has a different theme and this year the goal is to spread awareness of the impact oral health has on overall physical health. Despite an increased awareness over the past few decades of the importance of dental care, millions of people still lose teeth as a result of gum disease and tooth decay.
Unfortunately, however, losing teeth due to poor oral health could be the least of your concerns. Oral health shouldn’t be thought of as being unrelated to the overall health of your body; gum disease in particular increases the risk of serious health problems including heart disease. It can also lower your resistance to infections, increase the severity of diabetes, and contribute to respiratory disease and a weakened immune system.
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Dental plaque, which is a sticky colourless film composed of bacteria, food debris and saliva, is the main cause of dental problems. It accumulates on your teeth and gums and cannot be rinsed off but can be removed by brushing your teeth and flossing.
When the bacteria in plaque interacts with the sugars and starches in food, an acid is formed which eats away at tooth enamel and leads to tooth decay. If not brushed off, plaque becomes hardened - this is known as tartar or calculus - and can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning.
If you want to maintain optimal oral health into old age, it’s necessary to maintain good oral hygiene habits and have regular dental check-ups.
Dentists advise that you:
Early detection and treatment of gum disease and tooth decay during routine dental check-ups can prevent expensive and extensive dental work.
That's why getting regular dental check-ups is crucial to look after your oral health and stay healthy!
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The information in this article is for educational purposes only and does not replace medical advice.