March is the month to celebrate dental healthcare professionals who are dedicated to keeping our teeth healthy and looking great.
To honor professionals in the dental industry and especially the dedicated and compassionate dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants at Champagne Pediatric Dentistry and Champagne Family dentistry, here are some of the official recognition events we’re honoring this month:
March 6 – National Dentists Day
March 5 – 11 – National Dental Assistant Recognition Week
March 20 – World Oral Health Day
“Our dentists, hygienists and assistants are consistently striving to provide an extraordinary experience each time a patient visits one of our practices,” said CEO Jason Champagne DDS. “The national awareness efforts throughout the year provide us an opportunity to celebrate the excellence of our staff and the long-term health rewards they provide to our patients every day.”
World Oral Health Day
Celebrated each year on March 20, World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is the largest awareness campaign on oral health. The initiative was launched by FDI World Dental Federation in 2007, and is the culmination of year-long activities dedicated to raising global awareness on the prevention and control of oral diseases.
What Is Oral Health?
According to FDI:
- Oral health is multi-faceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and diseach of the craniofacial complex.
- Oral health is essential to maintaining general health and well being. Oral health affects general health by causing considerable pain and suffering, and by changing what people eat, their speech, and their quality of life and well being.
- Oral diseases affect 3.9 billion people worldwide, with untreated tooth decay impacting almost half of the world’s population 44%.
- Oral diseases are associated with a number of other non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancers.
- All major NCDs – including most oral diseases – share the same social determinants, including poverty and some common risk factors.
- Risk factors for oral diseases include an unhealthy diet, particularly one rich in sugars, tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol and poor oral hygiene.
- A more integrated approach to healthcare can achieve better outcomes for patients with oral diseases and other conditions, including NCDs.
For more information about maintaining oral health for children, teens and adults, visit champagnedental.com.