World Oral Health Day is March 20th!

Celebrate World Oral Health Day. Good oral health is essential for a healthy smile. Maintaining good oral health also extends far beyond your mouth, it can also have a positive impact on your general health and wellbeing. Aim for the best possible oral health to protect you, your family or someone you are caring for from oral diseases.

Key Global Oral Health Facts

Oral diseases are global public health issues. While largely preventable, oral diseases pose a major health burden for many countries, affecting people of all ages and throughout their lifetime. Oral diseases such as cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer can cause pain and increase the risk for other health problems.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost half of the world’s population suffers from oral diseases. Below are some key global oral health facts from the WHO.

  • It is estimated that oral diseases affect close to 3.5 billion people worldwide.
  • Untreated dental caries affects 2.5 billion people.
  • Severe gum disease affects 1 billion people.
  • Oral cancer affects 380,000 people.

The good news is oral diseases can be treated and prevented in its early stages.

Protect Your Mouth from Oral Diseases

Daily oral hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices are essential for a healthy mouth. Did you know the health of your mouth has a direct impact on the rest of your body? Oral diseases have been linked to the four (4) most prominent noncommunicable diseases – cardiovascular (heart) disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases.

Protect your mouth and your wellbeing from oral diseases by following these healthy lifestyle recommendations from the WHO:

  • Follow a daily oral hygiene routine.
  • Enjoy a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Make water your first choice for thirst.
  • Limit foods and beverages with added sugar.
  • Visit your dentist twice (2) a year.
  • Avoid all forms of tobacco.
  • Wear a mouthguard during contact sports and when bicycling.

Celebrate world oral health day and everyday by following these simple tips to help you and your family maintain great oral health, overall health, and well-being.

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