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World Oral Health Day is March 20

February 02, 2015
World Oral Health Day brochure
Geneva
— It’s time. Time to smile, time to laugh, time to focus on oral health. March 20 is World Oral Health Day, an opportune time to raise awareness for dentistry worldwide.

This year’s rallying global tagline is Smile for Life, urging dentists and patients of all ages to get involved.

Organized by the FDI World Dental Federation, World Oral Health Day encourages FDI member dental associations — including the ADA — schools, companies and other groups to celebrate the day with events organized under a single, unifying and simple message: “It’s time to …,” with the rest being customized to each participant’s campaign.

Interested in promoting good oral health care routines? Then an adapted call to action might be, “It’s time to rinse after brushing your teeth.” Or, “It’s time to chew sugar free gum after every meal.” How about pointing out the importance of visiting the dentist? The campaign could be, “It’s time to visit your local dentist for a checkup.”

“One hundred and six countries joined us to celebrate World Oral Health Day in 2014,” said Dr. Tin Chun Wong, FDI president. “Let’s add all the remaining countries of the globe to our World Oral Health Day 2015 celebrations.”

This month, the FDI will launch a poster application on Facebook that will allow dentists to upload a photo and create a customized poster to support their campaign. All the individual posters will be incorporated into a collage to create a giant WOHD logo. A video promoting this app will be displayed on the NASDAQ screen in Times Square.

For more information, and to download the toolkit, visit worldoralhealthday.org.