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World Oral Health Day — 20 March 2018

It’s an auspicious time for Australia’s dental community with the World Oral Health Day being held in the same week as ADX18 Sydney, Australia’s premier dental event.

Enjoying international recognition, World Oral Health Day celebrates healthy mouths and everything they allow us to do and enjoy. This landmark occasion in the dental community’s calendar provides an opportunity to raise awareness of oral health issues so that governments, health associations and the general public can work together to achieve healthier mouths, and happier lives.

An important event for the entire community, World Oral Health Day is an initiative that hopes to contribute to increasing the number of people in the world who never have oral health issues to over 10% of the world’s population. This is important because 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime and many of them can be avoided with increased governmental, health association and society support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes.

Celebrated every year on the 20 March, World Oral Health Day is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of looking after oral hygiene to everyone old and young.

It is a day for people to have fun – a day that should be full of activities that make us laugh, sing and smile!

In addition, World Oral Health Day offers the dental and oral health community a platform to take action and help reduce the global disease burden.

Efforts will be focussed on protecting the teeth and mouth of the population throughout life, from childhood to adulthood.

The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), organiser of ADX18, views World Oral Health Day as a chance for every one of every nation, gender and age to celebrate healthy smiles.

An initiative of the FDI World Dental Federation, World Oral Health Day has the support of Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Henry Schein and Wrigley.

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