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Dental community celebrates World Oral Health Day

Dentists and public health organisations from over 70 countries are coming together today to celebrate World Oral Health Day, which is held every year on March 20th. This year, the day coincides with the Spring Equinox, providing plenty of opportunities for themed crossover initiatives.

This is all the more important as 90 per cent of the world will be affected by oral health problems at some point in their life.

Even if your practice doesn’t have any events planned, the day can be a great way of opening discussions about how best to care for teeth and gums in your appointments, and explaining how to prevent some of the most common oral health conditions.

The 2015 theme is “Smile for Life!”, which is a way of connecting healthy teeth and gums with a happy life and overall well being. It’s even more appropriate when you remember that today is also the UN’s International Day of Happiness, so encouraging your staff to spread a little joy with a smile is the perfect way to contribute to both causes.

However, those who fail to brush their teeth regularly can suffer a lifetime of regret, according to a new survey by the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF). Over half (55 per cent) of all those surveyed said that they wished they had taken better care of their teeth in the past. This figure was even higher for the over-65s, with 60 per cent agreeing that they regretted their past carelessness.

This means that emphasising the importance of a good oral hygiene routine is particularly important to communicate to young children and their parents.
Chief executive of the BDHF Nigel Carter said: “Our teeth and smile are important to many aspects of our life and cannot be taken for granted. Simply brushing our teeth last thing at night and at one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down how often we have sugary foods and drinks and visiting the dentist as often as they recommend, is all we need to do to develop and maintain a healthy mouth.”

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