Act on Mouth Health This World Oral Health Day
20th Mar 19
A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. This World Oral Health Day (WOHD) everyone has the power to act to reduce the impact of oral diseases on individuals, families, and communities.
Key issues for the dental industry —
The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of innovative dental products, encourages its members and the public to get involved in spreading this year’s WOHD message to ‘Act on Mouth Health’.
The objectives for this year’s WOHD campaign are to motivate people to act to protect their oral health; drive people to have regular dental check-ups; position oral health professionals as gatekeepers; and secure commitment from policymakers to address the oral disease burden.
Oral diseases, such as tooth decay and gum disease, are widespread and preventable. Through proper self-care and regular dental check-ups, together with managing risk factors, good oral health and general health can be secured.
WOHD organisers have provided the following checklists for adults and children which provides tips to encourage everyone to ‘Act on Mouth Health’:
Good oral care for adults
Good oral care for children
This WOHD, ADIA is encouraging everyone to ‘Act on Mouth Health’ by spreading the following messages:
- It is never too early or too late to start looking after your oral health. Just like other major diseases, prevention, early detection and treatment are key to ensuring the best outcomes and reducing the risk for oral diseases and associated health complications.
- People can ‘Act on Mouth Health’ by adopting good oral hygiene habits; eating a healthy diet, particularly one low in sugar; quitting tobacco use; and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption.
- According to the World Health Organization, public health solutions for oral diseases are most effective when they are integrated with those for other chronic diseases. Governments must therefore commit to providing population with oral health-enabling environments and integrate oral diseases into policies addressing other noncommunicable diseases.
- Oral diseases and tooth loss impact both children and adults – they should not be considered as unavoidable consequences of population ageing.
- Safeguarding oral health can help ensure people have good quality of life into old age.
Spread the message by sharing the WOHD logo and resources. These resources can all be found on the WOHD website.
Further information —
For further information on ADIA's activities to support Australia's dental industry, contact ADIA via email at email@example.com or by telephone on 1300 943 094. To keep up to date on all that is happening at ADIA, follow the Association on Facebook, subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental, or on LinkedIn.
Currency & Disclaimer —
This update was issued on 20 March 2019 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change regulatory compliance obligations. The statements, regulatory and technical information contained herein are believed to be accurate and are provided for information purposes only. Readers are responsible for assessing its relevance and verifying the accuracy of the content. To the fullest extent permitted by law, ADIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred in relation to or arising as a result of relying on the information presented here.
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