Launched on 20 March 2013 World Oral Health Day is celebrated all over the world dedicated to raising global awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene. FDI promotes good oral hygiene and practice in communities around the world through Live.Learn.Laugh, which enables FDI member National Dental Associations (NDAs) to implement oral health projects locally and promotes the message of brushing twice-a-day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Bacteria can live in your mouth in the form of plaque, causing cavities and gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. If neglected, oral cancer and gum diseases may give rise to heart attacks, brain haemorrhage, kidney and lung diseases, diabetes, shrinking of veins and aorta and premature birth. In order to keep your mouth clean, you must practice good oral hygiene every day.
Adopting Good Oral Hygiene
- Brush your teeth with fluoride-containing toothpaste at least twice daily.
- Go for regular dental check-ups.
- Chew sugar-free gum after eating and drinking on-the-go.
- Avoid risk factors such as tobacco
- Harmful use of alcohol can be dangerous.
- Avoid consumption of unhealthy diets – especially those rich in sugar.
How to brush and floss your teeth
A healthy mouth allows you to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease.