Family Dental Care is excited to celebrate World Oral Health Day on Monday 20th March 2017
World Oral Health Day is celebrated on the 20th of March every year to raise awareness for oral health locally and internationally. This year their motto is ‘Live MOUTH SMART’. This is to encourage all people, regardless of their age or ethnicity, to take control of their oral health.
A healthy mouth allows you to speak, smile, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease.
Adopting good oral hygiene habits, and having regular dental checkups will allow you to keep your mouth and teeth as healthy as possible. Avoiding harmful habits such as smoking and high sugar drinks will also help you reduce the risk of developing other conditions such as heart disease and stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.
World Oral Health Day was launched and celebrated on 12th September 2007, but because this date clashed with the FDI’s World Dental Congress, which took place during the same period, it was decided in 2012 to change the date to 20th March, and became officially activated. This date was chosen for several reasons:
- Seniors must have a total of 20 natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy
- Children should possess 20 baby teeth
- Healthy adults must have a total of 32 teeth and 0 dental cavities
- Expressed on a numerical basis this can be translated as 3/20 hence March 20