The BDA is encouraging dentists to fly the flag for World Oral Health Day on Tuesday 20 March by helping to promote positive oral health messages to patients.
World Oral Health Day is organised by the FDY World Dental Federation and aims to make oral health a priority issue for government and policymakers worldwide. This year's theme is 'Say Ahh: think mouth, think health' – and FDI is encouraging dentists across the world to get involved.
In the UK, recent statistics tell us that many young children are still not visiting the dentist regularly and this is causing unnecessary decay and pain.
We've been highlighting the shocking statistics of numbers of children undergoing general anaesthetics for tooth extractions, and we've called for more investment in dentistry, as well as joined-up oral health planning to tackle the problems.
Find out about our latest campaigning work in our blogs.
Recently, the media has been contacting us for advice on good oral hygiene and especially on tooth brushing, as they feel people don't know about some of the basics.
What can you do for WOHD?
- Promote WOHD by adding www.worloralhealthday.org to the homepage of your dental practice
- Submit your event to the global WOHD map
- Print the WOHD 'at the dentist' poster and put it up it at your dental practice
- Print copies of the WOHD brochure on 'understanding the mouth and body connection' and distribute it at your dental practice
- Use your social media to promote good oral hygiene messages, use the two campaign hashtags #SayAhh #WOHD18 and please tag us @thebda
Dental students are also being encouraged to partner up with the International Association of Dental Students to celebrate WOHD, and you can put the campaign posters up at your university and use the social media resources.
Campaigning for better oral health
When it comes to oral health, we believe in prevention first: tooth decay is an avoidable disease and we are campaigning for Government's to take this problem seriously, to act now and invest in real prevention - read our latest blogs on the topic of public health in dentistry.
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