World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is an international day to promote good oral health for everyone and empower individuals to maintain a healthy mouth at all ages.
Since its inception in 2013, WOHD has been celebrated on the 20 March to signify the culmination of a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness on the prevention and control of oral diseases.
Why celebrate WOHD?
As oral health professionals we are all too aware that most people will suffer from an oral condition in their lifetime. The frustration is that many of these conditions can be avoided with increased awareness, support, and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes. This is what World Oral Health Day is all about.
This year’s campaign calls people from all walks of life to Unite For Oral Health. You can do this by pledging to look after their oral health, because a healthy mouth enables us to enjoy life… and that’s something definitely worth pledging.
What you can do
The World Dental Federation (FDI) encourages all member National dental associations, governments, non-governmental organisations, media and other entities to participate in WOHD to develop community, national, regional, and global activities to improve oral health.
Find out more by visiting the World Oral Health Day website. Download the campaign resources, make your own pledge and get involved.
How the DHAA are getting involved
The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) have organised an array of events around the country to coincide with WOHD. While they don’t clash with the actual March 20 date they will have great presentations and discussions providing valuable insights into a wide range of subjects, plus the ever-important CPD hours.
For a list of what’s happening near you check out the DHAA events page.