On 20th of March, every year, is celebrated the World Oral Health Day, organized by the World Dental Federation (FDI), is the largest awareness campaign on oral health worldwide. 
 
The main objective of the World Oral Health Day is to spread messages about good oral hygiene practices to adults and children and to demonstrate the importance of excellent oral health which contributes to maintain general health and well-being. 

WORLD ORAL HEALTH DAY 

On 20th of March, every year, is celebrated the World Oral Health Day, organized by the World Dental Federation (FDI), is the largest awareness campaign on oral health worldwide. 
 
The main objective of the World Oral Health Day is to spread messages about good oral hygiene practices to adults and children and to demonstrate the importance of excellent oral health which contributes to maintain general health and well-being. 
 
FDI choose a specific theme each year for the World Oral Health Day campaign and the theme for 2019 is “Say Ahh: Act On Mouth Health” creating different resources so the message can get across public, oral health professionals, dental students and policymakers, who all have a role to act in helping to reduce consequences of oral disease. 
 
It’s crucial to understand the meaning of Oral Health which is multi-faceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease of the craniofacial complex. It is important because it’s one of the main pillars of general health and well-being so you can’t be healthy without good oral health. 

HISTORY OF WORLD ORAL HEALTH DAY 

It was originally celebrated on 12th of September in 2007 which is the birthday of FDI founder Dr. Charles Godon but the campaign’s date changed to the 20th of March in 2013 when it was fully activated. One of the main reasons to change the date of the campaign from September to March was to avoid conflict with the FDI World Dental Congress that takes place in September, each year. The FDI World Dental Congress 2019 will take place in San Francisco, USA from 4th to 8th of September. 
 
Also, the new date (20th of March) was decided to reflect important points which are related to healthy oral conditions: 
Adults must have a total of 20 teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy. 
Children should possess 20 baby teeth. 
Healthy adults must have a total of 32 teeth and zero dental cavities. 
Expressed on a numerical basis, this can be translated as 3/20 hence March 20. 
 
FDI, since 2013, have chosen different campaign strategies and themes to spread the message around the world through National Dental Associations, dental professionals, students of Dentistry, health organizations and any member of the public who are interested in getting involved to improve oral health awareness in the community globally. 
 
The previous campaign themes have been: 
2013: Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Life. 
2014: Celebrating Healthy Smiles. 
2015: Smile for Life! 
2016: Healthy mouth. Healthy body. 
2017: Live Mouth Smart. 
2018: Say Ahh: Think Mouth Think Health. 
Video of World Oral Health Day 2018 campaing 'Say Ahh: Think Mouth Think Health'. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN THE WORLD ORAL HEALTH DAY 

If you want to get involved in the 2019 campaign, there are multiple ways to do it regardless of if you’re a dental professional or not. 
 
If you want to spread the word, FDI have created easy actions you can do to engage other to improve awareness on Oral Health. 
Include the two campaign hashtags in your posts and tweets #SayAhh #WOHD19. 
Complete the Checklists with Tips to see if you’re doing everything you can to Act On Mouth Health. 
Selfie campaign where you need to take a selfie acting on mouth health such as brushing your teeth, visiting the dentist, eating healthy, etc; then post it on your Twitter or Instagram profile using the hashtag #ActOnMouthHealth 
 
If you’re an oral health professional: 
Promote WOHD by adding www.worldoralhealthday.org to the homepage of your dental practice. 
Organize an ‘open day’ at your dental practice and invite people for free dental check-ups. 
Submit your event to the WOHD Events Map for visibility. 
Print the WOHD ‘Dental Practice’ poster and hang it at your dental practice. 
Print copies of the Checklists with Tips and distribute to your patients at your dental practice. 
 
If you’re a dental student: 
Partner up with the International Association of Dental Students to celebrate WODH. 
Print the WODH ‘Main’ poster and hang it at your university. 
Set up an information booth at a shopping mall to introduce people to ‘Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health’ and distribute the brochure on understanding the mouth and body connection. 
Organize a fundraising dinner, a fun run, or a dancing competition to get people’s interest in World Oral Health Day. 
Submit your event to the WODH Events Map for visibility. 
Image of Checklist with Tips for good oral care for children. 
Image of Checklist with Tips for good oral care for adults. 
Video of World Oral Health Day 2019 campaign 'Say Ahh: Act On Mouth Health'. 
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