World Oral Health Day

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World Oral Health Day
Date20 March
Next time20 March 2019 (2019-03-20)
Frequencyannual

World Oral Health Day is observed annually on 20 March, and launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene so that governments, health associations and the general public can work together to achieve healthier mouths and happier lives.[1] Of the world's population, 90% will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime, many avoidable.[2] Organized by FDI World Dental Federation, World Oral Health Day involves campaigns by national dental associations from around the world with activities in over 130 countries.[3]

History[edit]

World Oral Health Day was launched on 20 March 2013 by FDI World Dental Federation. The day also marks the launch of a year-long campaign to raise awareness of oral health and prevention of oral diseases. Since 2013 these campaigns have featured a specific theme.

Dental Students Competition[edit]

Since 2014 and in collaboration with its daughter organization, International Association of Dental Students (IADS), FDI organizes an annual worldwide competition for best awareness and prophylactic activities held by dental student organizations in celebration of World Oral Health Day.

Winners of WOHD Dental Students Competition:

  • 2014: Egypt and Sudan [4]
  • 2015: Turkey and Saudi Arabia [5]
  • 2016: Poland, Iraq (Kurdistan) and Egypt[6]
  • 2017: Spain, Egypt, Sudan and Palestine

In February 2017, the IADS launched WOHD Portal for organizing digitally the application and reviewing process of its national and local member organizations action plans and final reports.[7]

World Oral Health Day Themes[edit]

  • 2013: Healthy Teeth for Healthy Life
  • 2014: Brush for a Healthy Mouth!
  • 2015: Smile for Life!
  • 2016: It All Starts Here. Healthy mouth. Health body.
  • 2017: Live Mouth Smart
  • 2018: Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Oral Health Day - 20 March 2016". 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  2. ^ "About WOHD". 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  3. ^ "Over 100 countries celebrate World Oral Health Day". 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  4. ^ "World Oral Health Day Booklet by IADS".
  5. ^ "WOHD15 Students Competition Winners". IADS Prophylaxis Group.
  6. ^ "WOHD 2016 student awards presented in Poznan".
  7. ^ "IADS World Oral Health Day Portal".

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