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World Oral Health Day 2021 Theme, History, Celebration Ideas

World Oral Health Day 2021 Theme, History, Celebration Ideas

Food is one of the basic human needs. We cannot live without food; it is the source of our energy. What would happen if we couldn’t eat the food? We would not be able to survive. Our mouth, especially our teeth play a very important role in our health. Without healthy teeth and gums, we won’t be able to eat food. Hence, there was a need for something that would encourage people to maintain good oral and dental health so that they can take care of the health of the teeth and mouth. World Oral Health Day is one such day which is celebrated globally to promote the importance of oral and dental health from children to adults. So let’s talk more about it.

World Oral Health Day 2021 Theme, History, Celebration Activities, Quotes

World Oral Health Day is celebrated on 20th Marth each year to promote good oral and dental health awareness among the people across the globe.  FDI World Dental Federation organizes the day each year and runs year-long campaigns to raise awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene so that governments, health associations and the public can work together to achieve healthier mouths and happier lives.  The hashtags #WOHD21 #SayAhh #ThinkMouthThinkHealth will be used on Facebook and Twitter to post about the world oral health day 2019.

History of World Oral Health Day 2021

World Oral Health Day was launched on 20 March 2013 by FDI World Dental Federation. The day also marks the launch of a year-long campaign to raise awareness of oral health and prevention of oral diseases. Since 2013 these campaigns have featured a specific theme by which the celebration of the day takes place.

Why Celebrating World Oral Health Day is Important?

The 90% of the human population will suffer from the oral health-related issues and problems in the lifetime and many of them can be avoided with increased governmental, health association and social support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes. Also, World Oral Health Day offers the dental and oral health community a platform to take action and help reduce the overall disease burden.

Theme For World Oral Health day 2021

Each year world oral health day is celebrated to create awareness among the people about the importance of maintaining good oral and dental health. Hence each year the world oral health day is celebrated according to the theme. Each year has its theme.

The theme for world oral health day 2018 was “Say Ahh: Think Mouth Think Health. And it will be the same theme until the year 2010 campaigns. The phrase ‘Say Ahh’ is commonly used by the dentists and doctors during a checkup. The significance of the 2018’s theme was our mouth is the mirror of our overall health. People should know the strong relationship between oral health and overall health. When they understand the importance of oral and dental health, they will be more conscious of their oral health when they will think about their bodily health.

The World Oral Health day 2019 theme was ‘Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health’. The previous years also had their themes to celebrate the world oral health day. The theme for 2017 was Live Mouth Smart. The themes for 2016 was It All Starts Here. Healthy Mouth. Health body. The theme for 2015 was Smile for Life! The theme for 2014 was Brush for a Healthy Mouth! And at last, the theme was the first world oral health day in the year 2013 was Healthy Teeth for Healthy Life.

Asian countries like Indonesia, India, Malaysia are developing countries and are still battling with major health problems malnutrition and hunger. It is very appreciating to know that these countries are also working on promoting oral and dental healthcare campaign for the people. India has its own National Oral Health Programme under which it runs many activities and campaigns to create awareness about the importance of oral health.  Global oral health brand Colgate is also promoting oral health benefits in India. The World Oral Health Day 2021 theme is not announced yet.

A Global Competition for Dental Students

World Dental Federation(FDI) along with it daughter organization International Association of Dental Students (IADS), organizes an annual worldwide competition for best awareness and prophylactic activities held by dental student organizations in celebration of World Oral Health Day. Participating countries compete for the best activity or campaign to promote oral health. The previous year 2017 winners are these four countries: Spain, Egypt, Sudan, and Palestine.

How to Celebrate the World Oral Health Day? | Celebration Ideas & Activities

World Oral Health Day emphasizes the importance of good oral health in our lives. Dentists, doctors and health experts around the world are working to create awareness in the public. To truly celebrate the world oral health day one should be working on creating awareness and spreading information about oral health to the people.

Here are some celebration ideas for students, doctors and every general people to celebrate the world oral health day. On this day over 130 countries organize various campaigns and activities to promote the cause.

  • Workshops and Seminars for Public

Students can organize public seminars in public which will give them information about the necessity of good oral health of our body. Students can also visit the nearest residential areas and educate them about oral health benefits.

  • Poster and Banners Making

Students can make informative posters and banners which will contain the benefits of maintaining oral health and how to do it and showcase them in schools, offices and public places. The school or medical institute can also organize the poster or banner making a contest about the same topic and give the prize to the best banner or poster.

  • Fun Activities for Children

Schools can organize various funny activities for the students where they will learn the importance of brushing their teeth and maintaining oral health. Activities like making clay stand for their toothbrushes, reciting some tooth brushing song,  enacting a song or skit to tell them the importance of brushing etc.

  • Tooth brushing demonstration

Invite dental staff from your local dental clinic to demonstrate to children and families how to brush their teeth and maintain their oral health.

  • Speech & Slogan Competition

Schools can organize competitions like speech and slogan making to spread the message of the advantages of good oral health.

Internation Oral Health Day Quotes, Slogans, Wishes

Here are some funny quotes slogans, wishes to help you to celebrate the World Oral Health Day.

You don’t have to floss all your teeth – just the ones you want to keep.
~ Author Unknown.

Be true to your teeth or they will be false to you.
~ Soupy Sales

Smiles are contagious so go forth and contaminate as many people as you can!

Stop. Smile. Breathe. Life is beautiful.

Put on your best smile every day.

Keep calm and brush on!

Be kind to your dentist. Because he has “fillings” too.

A dentist gets to the root of the problem.

Got Teeth? Thank your dental hygienist.

Your teeth ain’t gonna brush themselves!

I hope this article given you the information you needed about the World Oral Health Day. if you liked the article then please let us know in the comment section below. 🙂

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