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Spread smiles for FDI World Oral Health Day

February 15, 2016 Dental professionals from more than 70 countries will celebrate World Oral Health Day March 20.

The 2016 theme is "It all starts here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body."

The observance, which the FDI World Dental Federation organizes in collaboration with Henry Schein, Philips, Unilever and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program, offers the global dental profession a chance to take action in a worldwide effort to reduce tooth decay and organize programming and events under a single, unifying message.

"It's supposed to be a fun day," said Iowa-based dentist Dr. Kathy Kell, president-elect of the FDI and an ADA trustee from 2004-08. "It's a good day to get the news out and to promote oral health. It's something we can all rally around."

Those interested in honoring World Oral Health Day are encouraged to organize efforts on March 20 or within the month of March. Coming soon, participants can upload their own photos and create a customized World Oral Health Day poster to share via Facebook or Twitter with colleagues and friends worldwide. Downloadable materials are available at