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World Oral Health Day to be celebrated with theme 'Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health'
This year's theme for World Oral Health Day (WOHD), celebrated every year on 20th March, has been announced as 'Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health' to create awareness for the benefits of a healthy mouth.

The FDI World Dental Federation has launched a three-year campaign under the theme 'Say Ahh' at on-going the World Dental Congress in Madrid, it is reported.

According to the organisers of the observance the date 20th was chosen to indicate that senior citizens were considered healthy if they had 20 of their own teeth by the end of their lives.

Often, year-long campaign is launched on the occasion of WOHD, but this time a three year campaign has been initiated for raising global awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene enabling 'governments, health associations and the general public to work together to achieve healthier mouths'.

According to the website, "Your mouth is a mirror to your body and reflects your general health and well-being. Avoid risk factors, adopt good oral hygiene habits and have regular dental check-ups to help protect your mouth and body. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand."

Dentist Dr Victor M Rosales has suggested the proper brushing technique can be helpful in keeping very many dental problems away. He suggests, "When brushing your teeth, position the bristles at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. Both the gum line and the tooth surface should be in contact with the bristles. Brush the outer surfaces of the teeth using a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion, making sure to be done gently in order to avoid bleeding. To clean the inside surfaces of the teeth and gums, place the bristles at a 45-degree angle again and repeat the back-and-forth, up-and-down motion. Lastly, brush the surfaces of your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria, which might cause bad breath."

He further advises, "Try to brush at least twice a day to prevent acid build-up from the break down of food by bacteria. However, if your work or activities prevent you from doing this, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water after eating to minimize the amount of food that would serve as substrate for the bacteria."

Happy World Oral Health Day! Mind your mouth and teeth!!

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