This year’s World Oral Health Day on March 20, has the theme ‘Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health’. Its aim is to raise awareness that a healthy mouth is not just about the mouth functioning as it should, it is also crucial for maintaining overall health and quality of life. The campaign will be highlighting associations between certain oral diseases and non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and some cancers), raising awareness of common risk factors, and promoting good oral hygiene habits.
Cheltenham based dental practice, Illume continues to support World Oral Health Day and encourages clients to make the connection between their oral health and their general health and well-being.
Tim Rumney, Illume practice owner and clinical director, says: “We frequently advise clients on the importance of oral health but among the general public there still seems to be a lack of awareness.”
Oral diseases take many shapes and forms with the most common being tooth decay and gum disease. These diseases can negatively impact the rest of your body and this is why good oral health is essential to maintaining good general health. General health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers can also increase the risk of problems in the mouth. Poor oral health can be the result as well as the cause of poor general health.
This year’s theme focuses on four main messages:
- Oral health is much more than a nice smile
- Oral health and general health have a two-way relationship
- The mouth cannot be isolated from the rest of the body
- Most oral diseases share common risk factors with other diseases
A healthy mouth allows you to speak and smile with confidence and importantly to eat and drink with ease! Good oral hygiene habits such as brushing at least twice a day, avoiding risk factors such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption and having regular healthy mouth reviews which include mouth cancer screening from early in life can help maintain optimal oral health into old age.
“In this case, a healthy body starts with a healthy mouth, so we would reiterate our advice to stop smoking, drink alcohol in moderation, reduce your sugar intake and adopt a healthy diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables as the benefits can extend beyond your oral health,” added Tim.
If your Healthy Mouth Review is due and you’re not already booked, please contact us on 01242 522230 to make an appointment.