ORAL HEALTH DAY; YOUR MOUTH, YOUR BREATH!
As humans, we interact and communicate with each other day in and day out. There are several methods of communication, however, the frequently applied is oral or verbal, which usually involves a one on one interaction with a fellow person.
Have you ever imagined how uncomfortable it will be if we all decide not to take care of our oral health seriously and have an offensive odor stemming from our breath whenever we open our mouths to speak? Hmmm…that wouldn’t be a pleasant experience at all.
We all love to perceive pleasant smells. Bad breath and mouth disease is a total turn-off for anyone.
20th March is World Oral Health Day. It is an international day to promote good oral health for everyone and empower individuals to maintain a healthy mouth at all ages. It is the culmination of a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness on the prevention and control of oral diseases.
Millions of people around the globe continue to suffer from poor oral health and the growing burden of oral disease. Poor oral health extends far beyond the mouth, taking a serious toll on an individual’s overall health and well-being. Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental cavities and gum diseases and has also been linked to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly 100% of adults and between 60 to 90% of children have at least one dental cavity while about 30 percent of people around the world ages 65 to 74 don’t have any natural teeth left.
We use our mouth, teeth, and tongue for so many deeds that, it’s not surprising it is prone to diseases or infections when extreme care is not taken.
Most dental and oral problems can be prevented with proper oral hygiene. Keeping your mouth healthy is a daily commitment. According to the World Dental Federation (FDI), the best ways to prevent oral health problems are to:
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day
- Floss at least once a day (one of the most beneficial things you can do to prevent disease in your oral cavity)
- Have your teeth cleaned by a dental professional every six months
- Avoid tobacco products
- Follow a high-fiber, low-fat, low-sugar diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Limit sugary snacks and drinks
In addition to brushing and flossing, your daily routine can include mouthwash or oral rinses.
The official theme of the 2019 World Oral Health Day campaign is ‘Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health’.
Say ‘AHH’ to the person next to you and the reaction you get, is an evidence of the state of your oral health.
Let’s take care of our oral health for that sparkling white teeth smile and refreshing breath.
It is indeed the best confidence booster.