World Oral Health Day: celebrating healthy smiles

March 20 was World Oral Health Day, an annual international celebration to raise awareness of oral health and helping our communities reduce preventable dental health issues. It’s an important goal since poor oral health has been linked to other health problems and chronic diseases1.

This year’s World Oral Health Day theme was “celebrating healthy smiles”, so we’re offering five ways to help you celebrate your smile and keep it healthy:

  1. Chow down on cheese. Although it’s still important to watch your fat intake, cheese can increase saliva production and protect your teeth from acid. Get some extra calcium and treat yourself to some delicious cheddar, brie or gorgonzola.
  2. Grab a friend and karaoke. Want to really smile? Rent a private karaoke room and sing your lungs out with some close friends (i.e. people who won’t make fun of your Meatloaf rendition).
  3. Trade the fizzy. Instead of drinking sugary, acidic sodas, try a refreshing alternative: water with crushed berries, cucumber slices or mint leaves.
  4. Snack on an apple. Simple, but effective. High-fibre fruits like apples can help fight tooth decay – apples might even freshen your breath.
  5. Call a friend or loved one you haven’t spoken to in a while. Take some time for a quick catch-up with someone you care about. This one’s almost guaranteed to make someone else smile too.

1Dental Health Services Victoria. “Links between oral health and general health: the case for action.”