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March 1, 2014
World Oral Health Day is celebrated every year on March 20th. It is extremely exciting that this celebration gives international recognition for the dental field. Advocates across the globe will participate in various events to spread awareness about the importance of oral health.
Key objectives for 2014 involve providing service to those in need and educating on the importance of oral health and its connection to systemic health, so that governments, health associations, and the general public can work together to achieve healthier mouths and happier lives.1
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Healthy Smiles.” This theme should serve as a reminder that although it is important for dental professionals to inform our patients about conditions such as bleeding gums and tooth decay, we should also be boasting about the benefits of a healthy mouth.
After all, we use our mouths to eat, speak, smile, and even kiss! The things we do and enjoy every day are directly related to how we feel about our mouths, and how our mouths make us feel.
Dental professionals have the incredible opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy mouth and healthy smile. The good news is that it all starts with education and prevention. We have the opportunity to make a difference in the world by being pro-active educators.
We are ambassadors of oral disease prevention; let us use our knowledge to serve and arm the public with the information they need, so that progressively and consistently the number of those who suffer from oral disease decreases.
1. World Dental Federation, World Oral Health Day 2014 Toolkit: www.fdiworldental.org