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WOHD is celebrated throughout the world on 20 March. A collage of some of the WOHD 2015 customised posters will be shown at the Times Square in New York today. (Image: FDI)
Mar 20, 2015 | News Middle East

Global celebrations for a smile for life on World Oral Health Day

by Dental Tribune International

GENEVA, Switzerland: Today is World Oral Health Day (WOHD) and countries worldwide are celebrating lifelong oral health with a smile for life. Some 95 countries, 65 national dental associations, 30 student dental associations and the WOHD partners are joining forces today for a number of events in order to raise awareness of the significance of oral health and its far-reaching consequences.

With a focus on achieving the greatest impact, this year’s planned activities include Dentolympics (oral health games for children) in Bolivia, a flash mob organised by dental students in Italy, free oral health assessments for over 1,000 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 in New York, with a collage display of some of the WOHD 2015 customised posters that users created via an application on the WOHD website.

Globally, oral disease affects most adults and as many as 90 per cent of schoolchildren. Dental diseases place a significant burden on overall health, with the greatest burden among disadvantaged and poor populations. The principal problems are dental caries, periodontal disease and oral cancer.

Today, Dr Tin Chun Wong, President of the FDI World Dental Federation, will be speaking at a WOHD event organised by the Indonesian Dental Association and global consumables company Unilever.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank all national dental associations, dental students and other partners for working so hard to get the ‘Smile for life’ message across by joining in the celebrations and organising their own local, regional or national awareness-raising event,” Wong said. “‘Prevention is better than cure’ is an old saying; let’s bring it up-to-date today on World Oral Health Day 2015 to help in the fight for a ‘Smile for life’ for everyone, no matter where they live.”

This year’s WOHD celebrations have been championed by four global partners that have provided support around the world to ensure that the activities are a success.

In recognition of this, Wong commented: “Listerine, Unilever, Henry Schein and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program have provided unrivalled support to make WOHD 2015 the largest celebration so far in terms of countries and associations participating, and we thank them for their continued support.”

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