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World Oral Health Day is celebrated around the globe on 20 March.

It’s a day organised by the FDI World Dental Federation to raise awareness of oral diseases. It also aims to empower people from around the globe to understand the value of oral health.

Celebrate World Oral Health Day 2024 with us by learning more about the day and the importance of having a healthy mouth, teeth and gums.

What is World Oral Health Day?

World Oral Health Day is an annual event held to raise awareness of oral health conditions and give people the world over resources to achieve great oral health for themselves.

According to the WHO, oral diseases affect nearly 3.5 billion people around the world.

Individuals, schools, and oral health professionals such as dentists and policymakers are all asked to join in and empower themselves and others to improve their oral health.

Many activities take place to spread the word, from launching resources to roundtable discussions to bus tours promoting oral health in rural places.

You can join in and find out more on social media by using these hashtags:

  • #WorldOralHealthDay
  • #HappyMouth
  • #WOHD24

Which oral diseases do I need to know about?

World Oral Health Day shines a light on oral diseases that everyone needs to know about. These are some of the most common ones that may affect you or a loved one.

Tooth decay

Untreated tooth decay in permanent teeth is the most common oral health condition according to the Global Burden of Disease 2019 study. It happens when plaque forms on the surface of a tooth and converts sugar into acid, which creates caries.

Tooth decay can be prevented by following good dental hygiene practices and visiting your dentist for a check-up regularly.

Gum disease

Gum disease can cause bleeding, sore or swollen gums, pain and bad breath. If caught in the early stages (gingivitis), it can be reversed. Sadly, once it has progressed to an advanced stage (periodontitis), it can only be managed and may lead to tooth loss. The main risk factors for gum disease are tobacco use and poor dental hygiene.

Oral cancer

The term oral cancer includes cancers of the lip, mouth and oropharynx. It tends to affect older people and men more than women, and it can be caused by tobacco and alcohol use.

Signs of oral cancer include:

  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • A white or red patch inside the mouth
  • A lump inside the mouth
  • Loosened teeth
  • Mouth or ear pain
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing

If you are worried about oral cancer, see your doctor or dentist without delay.

Oral thrush

This is a condition where a fungus called Candida albicans builds up inside the mouth. It’s normal to find it inside your mouth, but when it overgrows, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms. These include:

  • White patches inside the mouth
  • Soreness or redness inside the mouth
  • Loss of taste
  • Cracks at the corners of the mouth

You can be more at risk of thrush if you have a weakened immune system or have diabetes.

How can Opal Dental help?

If you’d like to know more about achieving good oral hygiene or are worried about any aspects of your oral health, come and see us at Opal Dental.

We’re your local dentist for Te Atatu, providing a wide range of dental services for the whole family.

Make World Oral Health Day on 20 March your prompt to make that call and take a step towards improving the health of your mouth, teeth and gums!

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