World Oral Health Day 2022: Check Date, Theme, History, Significance, and Key Facts Here

World Oral Health Day 2022: It is observed on March 20 to spread awareness about oral health. Several events and campaigns are organised on this day. Take a look at the theme of 2022, its history, and the significance of the day.
Created On: Mar 20, 2020 13:37 IST
Modified On: Mar 19, 2022 15:15 IST
World Oral Health Day
World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day 2022: It is observed on March 20 annually to unite the people to help reduce the burden of oral diseases as they affect individuals, health systems, and economies everywhere. The main aim of the day is to empower people with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to secure good oral health. Therefore, the day encourages people to look after their mouth and their quality of life. It is believed that unhealthy mouth impact general health and also have a severe impact on people's emotional, social, mental, and overall physical well-being. 

World Oral Health Day is organised by the FDI World Dental Federation and is celebrated across the world. This day emphasises the significance of good oral hygiene practices for both adults and children. It also highlights the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being. Every year, it is celebrated with a theme and provides a message to the public regarding oral health. 

It is rightly said that "Your mouth is amazing! It helps you to eat, speak and smile confidently - to enjoy life".

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World Oral Health Day: History

In 2007, it was first declared and originally celebrated on September 12, the birthday of FDI founder Dr. Charles Godon. Until 2013, the campaign was not fully activated and the date was changed to March 20th to avoid conflict with the FDI World Dental Congress, which was in September.

Why was March 20th chosen to celebrate World Oral Health Day?

-Seniors who will have 20 natural teeth at the end of their life will be considered healthy.

Children should possess 20 baby teeth.

-Adults who are healthy should have a total of 32 teeth and no dental cavities.

If expressed on a numerical basis, the above-mentioned can be translated as 3/20, therefore 20 March.

World Oral Health Day 2020: Theme

The campaign theme for World Oral Health Day from 2021 to 2023 is "Be Proud of Your Mouth". The theme focuses on making people aware of their oral hygiene and helping them make the right decisions to protect it. Also, how a healthy mouth is important for our happiness and well-being.

The theme of World Oral Health Day 2020 was "Unite for Mouth Health". The theme focused on how to take care of the mouth and body. FDI on World Health Oral Day wanted to take the pledge to look after their oral health and also to make efforts to reduce the burden of oral hygiene.

Reason behind celebration

Several people in the world face or suffer from oral diseases, but these conditions can be avoided by raising awareness, through education, and by providing the right knowledge. This day is also celebrated to support and provide funds for the prevention, detection, and treatment program. FDI encourages all the members of National Dental Associations organisations (government and non-government), and the media to participate in national and global activities and work towards improving oral health.

Oral Health: Facts

One of the most common diseases is oral disease. It is a non-communicable disease that affects people throughout their lifetime. It causes pain, discomfort, disfigurement, and even death.

- According to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016, half of the world's population is affected by dental caries, or tooth decay.

- Do you know that severe periodontal (gum) disease, which may also result in tooth loss, is estimated to be the 11th most prevalent disease globally?

- Severe tooth loss and edentulism, or the absence of natural teeth, were among the top ten causes of years lived with disability (YLD) in some high-income countries.

 The incidence of oral cancer in some Asian-Pacific countries is among the top 3 cancers in the world.

- In most high-income countries, dental treatment is costly, averaging 5% of total health expenditure and 20% of out-of-pocket health expenditure.

- In most low- and middle-income countries, oral health care demands are beyond the capacities of health care systems.

- Some of the behavioural risk factors are also associated with oral diseases and are shared with other major non-communicable diseases, including an unhealthy diet high in free sugars, tobacco use, and harmful use of alcohol.

- Poor oral hygiene and insufficient exposure to fluoride have negative effects on oral health.

We can't ignore that oral health is the key indicator of overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life. According to WHO, oral health is “a state of being free from chronic mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity for biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing”.

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