Tuesday, 18 March 2014

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20 March

World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20 March. The theme is “World Oral Health Day 2014, Celebrating healthy smiles”- because having a healthy mouth is cause for celebration! highlighting the enjoyable things we can do when we have a healthy mouth and a healthy smile: Eat, laugh, kiss, brush, whistle, rinse, chew… for a healthy mouth!

Quick global facts on oral healthcare and diseases
90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral disease in their lifetime, ranging from caries, periodontal diseases and tooth decay to oral cancer.
Only 60% of the world’s population enjoys access to oral healthcare.
60%-90% of school children worldwide have dental caries.
Toothache is the number one reason for absenteeism from schools in many countries.
Although the burden of oral diseases is decreasing in developed countries, gum complications are becoming more common, especially in older people. Major risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use and a diet high in fat, salt and sugar contribute to a range of chronic diseases including oral disease.
The first line of oral health care is with the individual through prevention, especially twice-brushing daily with a fluoride toothpaste and regular check-ups.
Four Things You Should Know about Your Mouth

  1. The mouth already contains the bacteria that cause tooth decay, but the bacteria can only cause damage after sticking to plaque that accumulates between brushings or on poorly maintained teeth.
  2. The acids produced by bacteria slowly eat through the hard enamel layer of teeth and enter the softer dentin beneath where decay rapidly spreads.
  3. When you consume foods and beverages high in sugar and carbohydrates, you’re not only feeding yourself — you’re also feeding the plaque that can cause problems in your mouth.
  4. Your saliva helps counteract tooth decay by washing away food particles, cleaning your mouth and neutralizing the acids attacking your teeth. A healthy diet can also contribute to a healthy smile.
 source :-http://www.fdiworldental.org/events/world-oral-health-day/2014.aspx

Mrs Shilpa Mittal
Nutritionist and Diet Consultant
Founder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestylemakeover


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