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ADA, FDI observe World Oral Health Day

The American Dental Association and the FDI World Dental Federation will observe the second annual World Oral Health Day Saturday, Sept.12. The purpose of World Oral Health Day is to increase global awareness for oral health, as well as the impact of oral diseases on general health and well-being.

Throughout the world, dental caries is the most common chronic disease, and particularly affects children and disadvantaged populations. Dental disease is largely preventable and results in unnecessary pain and suffering and missed work or school days. Periodontal diseases have been associated with diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes and other systemic ailments.

"The American Dental Association stands with the FDI and other national dental associations around the world in focusing attention on how crucial good oral health is to overall health," said Dr. John S. Findley, ADA president.

According to the FDI, Sept. 12 was chosen to coincide with existing oral health days around the world, to honor the FDI founder, Dr. Charles Godon, who was born on Sept.12, 1854, and to jointly celebrate the anniversary of the groundbreaking World Health Organization’s International Conference on Primary Health Care at Alma Ata, Kazakhstan, that was held Sept. 12, 1978.