Global celebrations for a ‘Smile for life’ on World Oral Health Day
March 20th is World Oral Health Day and countries worldwide are celebrating lifelong oral health with a ‘Smile for life’.
Some 95 countries, 65 National Dental Associations, 30 Student Dental Associations as well as the World Oral Health Day Partners are working hard, holding fun, hands-on and informative events to raise awareness of the fact that oral health is a serious issue with far-reaching consequences.
With a focus on achieving the greatest impact, this year’s planned activities include: the Dentolympics (oral health games for children) in Bolivia; a flash mob organised by dental students in Italy; free oral health assessments for over one thousand students in Kenya; and a marathon for dental professionals in front of the pyramids in Egypt.
In addition, the ‘Smile for life’ message will be broadcast to the world via the giant NASDAQ screen in Times Square, New York City, with a display collage of some of the WOHD 2015 customised posters like the one shown on this page featuring Dr. Brit Phillips!
Globally, oral disease affects most adults and as many as 90% of schoolchildren. Oral diseases are a significant burden on overall health, with the greatest burden falling on disadvantaged and poor populations. The principal problems are: tooth decay, periodontal diseases and oral cancer.
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