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‘Live mouth smart’ is the theme for this year’s world oral health day. It is celebrated every year on 20th march as an international day to raise global awareness about oral health and importance of oral hygiene. This creates a platform for governments, health associations and the general public to collaborate for achieving healthier mouth and happier lives.

90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime and many of them can be preventable. This year, world oral health day comes with a dedicated goal to improve the perception of prevention and control of oral diseases by spreading messages about good oral hygiene practices and demonstrating the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and wellness. A healthy mouth enables not only nutrition to the physical body but also enhances overall wellbeing.

Earlier, oral health promotion has focused only on the care of the teeth and gums. It is well established that, oral diseases are a public health problem and have a great impact and connection with systemic health. Oral health is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, stroke, dementia and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Appropriate healthcare programs and strategies with a focus on oral health as well as associated complications are mandatory for a healthier community.

There is a significant gap between what people believe to be good oral health practices, versus what they actually do. Programs conducting in relation to world oral health day encourage people to become better informed about right dental practices. This empowers people to take control of their oral health throughout their life, results in healthy and functional oral cavity.

It is a wondering fact that there is the high impact of oral diseases on various aspects of a person’s social life, which can lead to low self-esteem, diminished social interactions, poor school and work performance, lack of confidence, and inadequate employment prospects.

Celebrate this world oral health day with the following oral care tips.

Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily: It is important to brush twice a day for proper plaque removal and maintaining oral hygiene. Flossing helps you to clean between your teeth and promote healthy gum.
Choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste: Use a soft-bristled multi-tufted toothbrush, with a head that’s small enough to get comfortably all around your mouth. Always prefer a fluoride toothpaste without harmful chemical ingredients.
Follow the right way of brushing: Be gentle and smooth while you brush. More pressure and vigorous movements may damage your teeth.
Practice healthy nutrition habits: Your teeth and gums also need vitamins and minerals. Include more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat and fat-free dairy foods in your diet.
Limit acidic and sugary food: Food acids and sugar soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel results in tooth decay.
Protect your teeth from injuries: Wear a mouth guard or full-face helmet when playing sports and related activities.
Use a therapeutics mouthwash: Rinse twice a day with an alcohol-free and medicated mouthwash.
Get regular dental cleaning: Do periodical professional dental cleaning, which helps to remove tartar and prevent dental decay.
Quit smoking and tobacco use: Tobacco causes accumulation of plaque and tartar. Smoking is one of the leading causes of gum diseases and oral cancer too.
Visit your dentist regularly: Of course, you need to see your dentist regularly. Your dentist can detect any dental problems early and help to keep your teeth in optimal condition.
We must work together to address the oral disease burden and take necessary steps for a healthy smile. Let’s put our hand together to protect the oral health of our families and communities.

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