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Commemorate World Oral Health Day on March 20

March 15, 2019 World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally every year on March 20.

It is organized by the FDI World Dental Federation and is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health.

Image of World Oral Health Day posterThe observance spreads messages about good oral hygiene practices to adults and children alike and demonstrates the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.

Each year, World Oral Health Day focuses on a specific theme and reaches out to the public, oral health professionals and policymakers who all have a role to play in helping reduce the burden of oral disease. The official theme of the 2019 campaign is Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health.

World Oral Health Day was first declared in 2007 and was originally celebrated on Sept. 12 — the birth date of FDI founder Dr. Charles Godon. However, the campaign was not fully activated until 2013, when the date was changed to March 20 to avoid conflict with the FDI World Dental Congress, which traditionally takes place in the late summer.

Resources and tips on how to celebrate World Oral Health Day is available at worldoralhealthday.org/resources.

FDI World Dental Federation is the largest membership-based dental organization in the world. It is the principal representative body for over one million dentists worldwide. FDI's membership comprises approximately 200 national member dental associations, including the ADA, and specialist groups in some 130 countries.