World Oral Health Day is marked round the world every year on 20 March. It is a global awareness campaign that sets out to prompt people to seek early detection and treatment to fight oral diseases and associated health complications.
The message for World Oral Health Day is ‘Think Mouth, Think Health’ by taking steps to protect your oral health and help your overall health at the same time. Oral diseases are linked with diabetes, heart and respiratory disease, as well as some cancers.
Shockingly, 3.9 billion people worldwide are affected by oral diseases. The most common are tooth decay and gum disease. On their own, these can cause discomfort, pain, disease, and can lead to social isolation and lack of self-confidence, as well as lost school or work days. If these are neglected, they can have a really negative impact on the rest of your body.
As well has having a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol, you should take oral hygiene seriously. Poor oral healthcare means bacteria forms plaque in the mouth. This leaves teeth and gums vulnerable to oral and other diseases. Long term gum infection can impact the control of diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Remember, brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, spit don’t rinse and have regular dental check-ups. It’s also important to keep to a healthy diet, especially cutting down on sugar.
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