20th March 2020

Unite for mouth health

Today is World Oral Health Day and the theme for the 2020 campaign is “Say Ahh: Unite for Mouth Health”. This year’s campaign is focused on people making a pledge to look after their oral health and inspire others to do the same. Through everyone’s collective pledges and efforts, the hope is to reduce the burden of oral disease worldwide.

More than 3.58 billion people suffer from untreated oral diseases and the number of people with untreated oral diseases has increased by 38% since 1990.1 This year the goal is to encourage the general public to make a pledge to looking after your oral health 

Here are three things you can pledge to do to take care of your oral hygiene2:

1. Make a pledge to protect your mouth when on the go. It’s not always possible to brush your teeth after every snack or meal, especially when you’re on the go. Chew sugar-free gum instead, or rinse with a fluoride mouthwash. Pledge for a healthy mouth at all times!

2. Make a pledge for regular dental check-ups. The best way to protect your mouth is by going to the dentist for regular check-ups and dental cleanings. The dental team will remove any build-up of plaque, which if not managed, can lead to tooth decay. They can also advise on how regularly you need to book an appointment, depending on your specific needs. No appointment in the diary? Pledge to schedule one right away.

3. Make a pledge for a healthier lifestyle. Too many sugary foods and drinks are bad for everyone – they are the number one cause of tooth decay. As adults, we should be having no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar daily, for children it’s 3. Do you think you’re exceeding this? If so, pledge to cut down on sugary treats and find tasty alternatives.

A good oral hygiene routine, regular dental check-ups and a healthy lifestyle will help protect your mouth and body, whatever age you are. So, what will you pledge to protect yours? 

To find out more about World Oral Health Day and how you can make a pledge, visit the website: https://www.worldoralhealthday.org/

References:

1. https://www.fdiworlddental.org/oral-health/ask-the-dentist/facts-figures-and-stats

2. https://www.worldoralhealthday.org/sites/default/files/assets/WOHD20-brochure-EN.pdf