World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally every year on 20th March and it is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health.
WOHD spreads messages about good oral hygiene practices to adults and children and informs us of the importance of good oral health and how it relates to general health and well-being.
Oral health can offer many clues to your overall health, good brushing and interdental cleaning can often keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay but sometimes you may need a little extra help. This is where seeing your dentist and hygienist regularly, benefits as they can give you help and advice.
Because of these potential links, it is important to tell your dentist and hygienist if you’re taking any medications or have had any changes in your overall health — especially if you’ve had any recent illnesses or you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes.
It is also important to look at the bigger picture, your oral health might contribute to various diseases and conditions, for instance did you know……….
Endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart. Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
Pregnancy and birth. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
It is important to contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises, as taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health. You can practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, floss or clean with interdental brushes or water flossers every day, eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks, replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed, schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings and avoid tobacco use.
To find our more information on World Oral Health Day you can visit the official website www.worloralhealthday.org