World Oral Health Day 2020

Every year on 20 March, we celebrate World Oral Health Day on an international level. It is an opportunity to highlight and increase awareness of practising good oral hygiene and the significance of our oral health on our wellbeing.

A healthy mouth allows us to protect our body and general health. Oral diseases such as tooth decay, mouth cancer and gum diseases, affect the way we live and can have detrimental impact on functions such as eating, drinking, smiling and speaking – which all of us do on a daily basis.

The good news is that you can influence the development of oral diseases by making positive changes to your lifestyle and oral hygiene practices. Here are a few tips on how to improve your oral health and keep your teeth and mouth healthy:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice per day, taking the time to brush thoroughly both their inside and outside surfaces.
  • Floss between your teeth, getting rid of food and plaque that may be stuck.
  • Be mindful of your diet and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Certain foods can play havoc with our teeth and gums; limit your sugar intake, sugary drinks and snack consumption. Quit smoking and include more vegetables in your meals.
  • Schedule frequent dental check-ups with your dentist. Oral diseases can be prevented if spotted early; your dentist will be able to assess the condition of your mouth and teeth and advise on treatments to help keep them healthy.