On March 20th, the FDI World Dental Federation will again celebrate World Oral Health Day. With the new slogan of “Live Mouth Smart,” the campaign aims to educate the public about the importance of good oral hygiene and the many ways that it can impact overall health. Events are held around the world and educational resources such as downloadable oral health guides, videos, and even games are made available in this important global movement.
History Of The World Oral Health Day Campaign
The FDI World Dental Federation officially launched the campaign in 2007 but it was not fully activated until 2013. The 20th of March was chosen partly because healthy adults are supposed to have 32 total teeth and 0 cavities, hence 3/20 as the date. Currently, national dental associations in over 140 countries actively participate in awareness efforts supported by the campaign.
How Can You “Live Mouth Smart”?
The first place to start is to adopt good habits early on in life, and see your dentist on a regular basis. Your oral health constitutes more than just a pretty smile – it impacts your total well-being and can increase your quality of life. In fact, poor oral hygiene is sometimes correlated to serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.
“Live Mouth Smart” by following recommended guidelines for dental appointments, brushing and flossing, and avoid harmful factors such as tobacco and excess sugar. Doing so can positively impact your body in more ways that you could possibly imagine.
What Can Baton Rouge Do?
While Baton Rouge is not hosting any specific events for World Oral Health Day, individuals can get involved by showcasing why and how you love to celebrate this day on social media utilizing #LiveMouthSmart and #WOHD17.
If you’re really feeling inspired, what about starting a petition for things like healthier school cafeteria foods or better access to fluoride toothpastes? You may also use the World Health Day website to view information, posters, brochures, and infographics. Sharing with others is the key to helping spread awareness. Lastly, talk to a Baton Rouge dentist such as Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger to see what you can do to protect your own oral health and help others do the same.