This year, over 130 countries will be involved in promoting good oral health and hygiene for World Oral Health Day on 20 March. This is a great opportunity to encourage everyone to look after their oral health, minimise risk factors and maintain a good oral care routine at home.
Simplyhealth Professionals will be supporting this campaign and encouraging our member dentists to also get involved and help patients understand that good oral health is more than simply having a great smile.
Good oral health for better health and wellbeing
As dental professionals, we already recognise the importance of prevention through a good oral health regime, including regular dental appointments. But we also know that oral health has direct links to overall health and wellbeing. As well as impacting on our ability to perform basic functions, such as eating, speaking and smiling, the condition of our oral health is inextricably linked to the health of the rest of the body.
There is growing evidence which shows that there are potential links between oral and systemic diseases, the most significant of which is that of periodontitis disease and its links with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Additionally, research also shows that there is evidence linking periodontitis to other, chronic, non-communicable diseases (CNCDs) such as obesity, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic kidney disease (CKD).
CNCDs can and often do have a huge impact on the quality of life and in this context, effective prevention and treatment of periodontal disease in primary dental care should not be underestimated. Add to this the potential to reduce the burden of CNCDs on healthcare systems, then the significance of oral health is enormous.
Be part of the campaign
Helping patients understand that the health of the mouth has a direct link to the health of the body is pivotal in this awareness campaign. Being part of World Oral Health Day provides us with an additional mechanism with which to drive home the message that preventive care (avoiding/reducing risk factors, regular dental appointments and good home care oral hygiene) is far more effective, less painful and cost-effective than unexpected treatment.
Simply download resources
In addition to the resources available at www.worldoralhealthday.org, we have produced a patient-facing leaflet as well as a practice PR toolkit specifically for our members to use for World Oral Health Day www.denplan.co.uk/wohd17
. Additionally, it is worth remembering that DEPPA (Denplan/PreViser Patient Assessment) – our unique online patient assessment system in conjunction with PreViser – is an excellent tool with which to measure patients’ oral health while also helping them understand their individual future risk of periodontal disease, caries, tooth wear and mouth cancer.
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