World Oral Health Day is observed every year on March 20. Its objective is to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and its impact on overall well-being.

This year’s theme is “Happy mouth is a happy body.” According to the World Health Organization, globally, oral diseases affect an estimated 3.5 billion people worldwide.

According to WHO between 1990 and 2019, estimated case numbers of oral diseases increased by more than 1 billion, which translates to a 50 percent increase, higher than the population increase of about 45 percent in the same period. World Oral Health Day targets individuals, schools, educational institutions, youth and policymakers to promote good oral health for all. According to WHO these are some of the reasons for celebrating the World Oral Health Day.

World Oral Health Day serves as a platform to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and its impact on overall well-being. The day emphasizes preventive measures such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Prevention is key to maintaining good oral health and preventing common oral diseases such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancers. Reducing oral disease burden By promoting good oral hygiene practices and encouraging regular dental visits, World Oral Health Day aims to reduce the prevalence of oral diseases globally.

March 20, 2024

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