World Oral Health Day is celebrated around the world every year on March 20. It is a day to raise awareness of the importance of keeping our mouths healthy. It does not matter how young or old you are – oral health should always be a priority!
The history of World Oral Health Day
The FFDI World Dental Federation first launched World Oral Health Day in 2013, but it was declared 6 years earlier. Dr. Charles Godon founded FDI, and he was hoping that this campaign would be able to improve the oral health of thousands of people around the world.
When the campaign was first launched, it was on September 12. Since that was also during the time of the FDI World Dental Congress, they decided to move the date to March. Much consideration went into this date. The following is why they decided on March 20:
- Older individuals should have 20 natural teeth by the end of their life.
- Children should have 20 baby teeth.
- Adults should have 32 (3 for the 3rd month – March and 2 for the 20) teeth and 0 (the 0 in 20) dental cavities.
The campaign was promoted through local and national dental associations. More than 140 countries were part of the launch and it was regarded as a great success the very first year.
World Oral Health Day in 2019
A theme is identified for each yearly campaign. In 2019, it is “Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health”. This theme encourages people to take action on their oral health. Since millions of people worldwide suffer from poor oral health, this theme seeks to encourage people to make an appointment with their dental provider for a checkup and cleaning.
In addition to regular dental checkups, taking care of teeth every day with regular brushing, flossing and healthy eating will decrease the risks of oral diseases. Many people do not think about the risks often, but this campaign is a reminder to take action.
How to participate in World Oral Health Day
If you’re reading this article on World Oral Health Day and you haven’t been taking good care of your oral health, contact a dental health professional now. Those who are in the Toronto, ON area, can contact Midtown Dental Centre at (416) 966-3368. It would be a privilege to help you improve your oral health, so you can live a happier and healthier life.