Oral diseases have an impact on individuals not only through pain and discomfort but also on their general health and quality of life.
Wednesday 12th of September is World Oral Health day. This was established by the FDI World Dental Federation. (Federation Dentaire International).12th September was chosen to coincide with existing oral health days around the world, to honour the birthday of FDI founder, Dr Charles Godon and to jointly celebrate the anniversary of the WHO’s International Conference on Primary Health Care, which took place on 12th September 1978.
The aim of such a commemorative day is to support the improvement of oral health worldwide, by increasing awareness as well as stressing the impact of oral diseases on general health and well-being. World Oral Health Day was celebrated for the first time in 2008.
This is the fourth year that Malta will be organizing such an event to promote oral health. The Dental Public Health Unit of the Superintendence of Public Health in collaboration with the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the University of Malta will be taking part in an outreach event where the main aim is to educate the public on improving their oral health and the link that this has to overall health.
Since 2012 is the European year of Active Ageing we are also going to be giving out information on dental care for the older adult.
We will be offering oral hygiene and diet instructions together with dental advice and some samples which were kindly provided by pharmaceutical companies and we will be promoting the relationship between a healthy mouth and a healthy lifestyle to lead to an overall improvement in general health.
We encourage the public to attend at Paola Health Centre, Mosta Health Centre, Gzira Health Centre and in front of the Plaza Centre Sliema between 8am and 1pm. Come with your family and friends and help us advise you on how to keep your teeth for life!
The Dental Public Health Unit is recommending some quick tips:
- Brush your teeth and gums twice day with a fluoridated toothpaste
- Eat healthy foods
- Visit your dentist regularly
Remember your Oral Health is part of your Overall health and your quality of life!