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World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20 March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene to looking after everyone old and young.

It is a day for people to have fun – that should be a day full of activities that make us laugh, sing and smile!

Why is WOHD Important?

Because 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime and many of them can be avoided with increased governmental, health association and society support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes.

In addition, World Oral Health Day offers the dental and oral health community a platform to take action and help reduce the overall disease burden.

What is the theme for 2016 WOHD?

WOHD  aims to get everyone to recognise the impact their oral health has on overall physical health and well being to help inspire this change, the overall campaign platform will be:

It all starts here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body

This powerful and engaging messaging is rooted in a global truth of oral health’s wider importance, galvanising the audience to drive a movement for change. The flexible platform gives the opportunity to discuss multiple topics and audiences under one core message.

Who is the audience for WOHD?

Everybody can take part in this initiative: health associations, specialist groups, member organisations and partners, governmental groups, students, teachers, the public generally, and to large and so on.

This year we want to be sure everyone is taking time to promote oral health in their communities and reach as large an audience as possible.