World Oral Health Day was celebrated in Pakistan by various organizations and Shield Pakistan is one of them, who celebrated it in a different way. They established free clinics at 47 different locations across the Pakistan, Where visitors had their free dental check-ups. Free dental healthcare clinics were an appreciable effort by Shield Pakistan and respective Hospitals across Pakistan.
The Brushing Activity at Baqai Medical University Karachi to attempt for a National Record.
They (Shield Pakistan) also organized an awareness seminar at Karachi Club on 24th of March, in which a huge number of participants from various fields of life were present.
Oral Health Awareness Seminar
About World Oral Health Day
World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally every year on 20 March and is organized by FDI World Dental Federation. World Oral Health Day was launched in 2013 to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and its significance in safeguarding general health and well-being. This is done through an international awareness campaign created and launched by FDI World Dental Federation, adapted and promoted locally by national dental associations in over 140 countries worldwide.
History of World Oral Health Day
WOHD was officially launched in 2007 and was originally celebrated on 12 September, the birth date of FDI founder Dr Charles Godon. However, the campaign was not fully activated until 2013, when further to a decision by FDI’s General Assembly (governing body) in September 2012 the date was changed to 20 March. The main reason for this was being to avoid conflict with FDI’s World Dental Congress which took place during the same per
The new date was chosen to reflect that:
- Seniors must have a total of 20 natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy
- Children should possess 20 baby teeth
- Healthy adults must have a total of 32 teeth and 0 dental cavities
- Expressed on a numerical basis this can be translated as 3/20 hence March 20
#ShieldYourSmile is a major step towards providing people awareness about their oral health and issues related to dental care. These are the few tips to brush your teeth:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day.
2. Replace your toothbrush regularly.
3. Practice good technique to brush your teeth.
4. Spend at least 3 minutes while brushing. Don’t ignore the inside upper & lower teeth.
5. Use fluoride toothpaste (helps remove plaque).
6. Rinse out your mouth and your tooth brush in the end.
Not only oral health benefit us socially and help us in other things such as our careers and relationships, but it also has many more practical benefits. Visiting your dentist every 6 months is always essential to keep your mouth healthy.
Globally, between 60–90% of schoolchildren and nearly 100% adults have tooth decay, often leading to pain and discomfort.
Oral disease affects 3.9 billion people worldwide with untreated tooth decay impacting almost half of the world’s population.