World Oral Health Day 2024

Some days are celebrated in different countries on certain days of each month every year.  All these days are celebrated to remember an important event of the past or to create public awareness about important issues on that particular day.  World Oral Health Day is one of those days to celebrate

 Every year on March 20, World Oral Health Day is celebrated in about 130 countries around the world.

People are advised to make specific plans to prevent oral diseases and improve their overall health.  This theme is not only applicable to individuals but is equally applicable to oral health professionals, as they are responsible for educating and protecting patients from oral diseases.  Policymakers are also working to address the problem of oral disease and to integrate oral health into policies to prevent other diseases.

We all know that our body needs fuel called calories as an engine, which we get from food, and through the mouth we take food.  If our oral health is not good, no matter how many nutritious foods we eat, it will not work in the body.

Oral health is as important as general health.  As a result, mouth cavities, teeth, and gums are healthy, personality is developed.  Poor oral health not only leads to oral diseases but also heart disease, diabetes mellitus, stroke, respiratory problems, and sometimes premature delivery in pregnant women.

World Oral Health Day History

World Oral Health Day is observed on March 20 to raise awareness about oral health.

 World Oral Health Day is organized by FDI World Dental Federation and this day is observed around the world. This day recognizes the importance of practicing adequate oral hygiene in adults and children.

 In 2007, this day was first celebrated and first on 12 September FDI founder Dr.  This day was celebrated on Charles Godson’s birthday.

 Until 2013, the day was not actively promoted and later the date was changed from September to March 20 to avoid conflicts with the FDI World Dental Congress.

Seniors who have 20 natural teeth at the end of their lives are considered healthy.

How do people celebrate World Oral Health Day?

World Oral Health Day is celebrated around the world on March 20 every year.  Around 10 lakh dental surgeons in around 200 countries around the world observe this day.  It is an international day to inform everyone about the benefits and achievements of a healthy mouth.  One of the goals of this day is to increase awareness among people of all ages about oral health around the world and ensure the overall good health of people.

On the occasion of the special day, emphasis is placed on the importance of oral health for overall health, and awareness is spread.

According to the results of a survey conducted in 10 developed countries, many parents do not take the task of preventing children from eating cold drinks and sugary or sweet foods as a way to protect their teeth.  In the US survey, only 30 percent of parents said they were careful enough about giving their children sugary foods or cold drinks.

 According to a UNICEF study, most of the world’s children are at risk of becoming overweight by consuming foods and drinks high in sugar. 

As a result, people celebrate this day through various campaigns to make everyone aware. Babies should have 20 baby teeth. Healthy adults should have a total of 32 teeth and no cavities. Expressed in numerical terms, the above can be translated as 3/20, hence March 20. So people should be aware of this disease. That’s why people should celebrate this day.

World Oral Health Day quotes

Many people in the world are experiencing or suffering from oral diseases, but these conditions can be avoided by increasing awareness, education, and imparting the right knowledge.  The day is also celebrated to fund and support prevention, detection, and treatment programs.  Here are some World Oral Health Day quotes –

  • “There are men so philosophical that they can see the humor in their toothaches. But there has never lived a man so philosophical that he could see the toothache in his humor.” – H. L. Mencken
  • “The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “Some tortures are physical and some are mental, but the one that is both is dental.” – Ogden Nash.
  • “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” – Mother Theresa.
  • “Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.” – Miguel de Cervantes
  • “Teeth are always in style.” -Dr. Seuss
  • “There are three proven rules for good teeth: brush after every meal; see your dentist twice a year; and mind your own business.” – Henry Boyd
  • “Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” –Mallory Hopkins
  • “A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.” – Charles Gordy
  •  “Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.” – Johnny Carson.
  • “Behind every smile there are teeth.” – Confucius

World Oral Health Day Status

Everyone likes wishes. Post this on your social media accounts by mentioning your all closest friends and making them aware of Oral diseases. On this Oral Health Day, we all should raise awareness. No illness should be underestimated.  Rather, we can prevent all diseases if we are careful in advance.  So be aware today and make others aware

Here are some status that anyone can post–

  • Brushing and flossing are important.  Happy International Oral Health Day!
  • We have two hands and thirty-two teeth, but we can only use one hand to keep our thirty-two teeth happy.  Have a healthy International Oral Health Day!
  • Just a few up and down movements with your brush each day to keep your teeth happy.  Have a great oral health day!
  • Many things don’t give you a second chance in life, and your teeth are thirty-two of those things.  Once they start rotting you are in for a tough time.  Happy International Oral Health Day!
  • Make sure you give your teeth proper attention before it’s too late.  Happy International Oral Health Day everyone!
  • On this day we remember the importance of oral health and thank our dentists and dental hygienists for their service to our dentists and us.  Happy Oral Health Day everyone.

Oral Disease

90 percent of the world’s population is affected by oral diseases at some point in their lives.  You can never separate your oral health from the rest of your body.  Most oral diseases share the same risk factors as other body diseases.  Heart disease has already been identified as the top killer disease, tied with gum disease.  Recent studies have shown that gum disease bacteria are associated with esophageal cancer or tumors. 

Among the most common, those with gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease than those without gum disease and healthy gums.  If the bacteria “viridans streptococci” enter the bloodstream through gum disease, heart valve damage is possible.  So do not neglect any kind of gum disease.  If you are pregnant and have gum disease, your baby may be born prematurely.  Not only that, but the child will also be small in size. 

Dysfunction of the thyroid gland will worsen the periodontal condition inside the mouth.  Again, poor periodontal health can lead to bacterial infections that can affect your heart.  Periodontal disease is linked to liver disease, as are diabetes and heart disease.

 Liver disease often causes bad breath and creates an ironic situation.  Liver diseases such as non-alcoholic liver disease, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma are associated with periodontitis, meaning that these diseases worsen.  Bleeding after any surgery inside the mouth may be more common with liver disease.  Minor trauma to the coagulopathy may cause excessive bleeding from the gums.  Green spots and enamel hypoplasia of the teeth and gums may occur in children with chronic liver disease.

 Human papillomavirus causes genital warts and goiters inside the mouth.  Human papillomavirus can cause oral cancer and cervical cancer.  Human papillomavirus type-16 is considered a risk factor for oral cancer.  Due to hormonal changes, girls can get mouth ulcers and a burning sensation during menstruation.  Even after menstruation stops, ulcers or sores can also appear during menopause.  At this time, the mood of some people becomes irritable.

Babies with Down syndrome may have a swollen tongue at birth.  Herpes simplex virus can cause recurrent cold sores and sores on the mouth and lips.  People with inflammatory bowel disease often have mouth ulcers.  So, from now on be aware of your oral health and keep your overall health good.  Think about the face, the face will think about your overall health.  Remember that your overall health can never be neglected by neglecting the oral cavity.

FAQ about Oral Health Day

Why do we celebrate Oral Health Day?

One of the goals of this day is to increase awareness among people of all ages about oral health around the world and ensure the overall good health of people.

What is the date of World Oral Health Day?

20 March. Source – Wikipedia.

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Many of us forget to take care of the inside of the mouth.  But nothing should be taken for granted.  Oral health is important to us.  Make your family and loved ones aware today on this World Oral Health Day.  Many people die from oral diseases.  Four messages to everyone: Brush twice regularly and follow a diet low in sugar.  Abstain from smoking.  And using good quality toothpaste.  Let’s be aware of ourselves and everyone around us on this Oral Health Day