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FDI: 'Say Ahh' on World Oral Health Day

March 20, 2018 Image of World Oral Health Day posterFDI World Dental Federation is asking the public to "Say Ahh" and consider how their oral health is connected to their general health and well-being on March 20, World Oral Health Day.

The theme for the annual global awareness campaign on oral health is "Say Ahh: Think Mouth. Think Health."

In marking World Oral Health Day, FDI released results of a survey it conducted, asking parents around the world how they cared for their children's oral health.

The survey, carried out in 10 countries, found that 13 percent of parents with children aged 18 and under took their child to the dentist before their first birthday, according to a news release from FDI. Most parents. 24 percent, first took their child to the dentist when they were between 1 and 3 years old or between 4 and 6 years old (22 percent), while 20 percent of parents reported never having taken their child for a dental check-up.

"It's worrying to learn that most children are not getting a dental check-up at the recommended age," said Dr. Kathryn Kell, FDI president, in a news release. "Good oral health habits start early. Parents should visit the dentist after their child's first tooth starts erupting as a preventive measure to avoid risk of developing early childhood caries. Oral diseases can impact every aspect of life and are associated with many general health conditions. This World Oral Health Day, we want people to make the connection between their oral health and general health and understand the impact that one has on the other. Knowing how to protect your mouth and body at all ages contributes to a better quality of life."

For more information about FDI and World Oral Health Day, visit www.worldoralhealthday.org.