World Oral Health Day 2024: The Significance of Dental Health for Overall Well-being

World Oral Health Day 2024: The Significance of Dental Health for Overall Well-being

Failure to prioritize oral health can result in diverse problems, ranging from gum disease to decay, and even systemic health issues like heart disease and diabetes. In addition to enhancing aesthetic appeal, maintaining a bright and healthy set of teeth may also be essential for one's overall health, according to experts speaking ahead of World Oral Health Day. Observed annually on March 20th, World Oral Health Day aims to promote awareness of good dental practices and hygiene. Experts have underscored the importance of oral health by sharing their insights on the matter.

Dr. Nitika, Consultant – Dental Science at Fortis Hospital Greater Noida said, “Oral health plays a crucial role in our overall well-being. It's not just about having a bright smile, it impacts our ability to eat, speak, and even socialize comfortably. Neglecting oral health can lead to various issues including gum disease to decay and even systematic health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

To maintain good oral health it's essential to establish a routine of brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and even visiting regularly for check-ups and cleaning. Additionally, avoiding sugar and drinks, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption can significantly contribute to maintaining a healthy mouth. Remember, oral health is not just about aesthetics, it's about ensuring our overall health and quality of life. So, let's prioritize it by adopting good oral hygiene habit and seeking professional care when needed.”

Dr. Ragini Sehgal Sethi, Senior Consultant, Dental Sciences Medanta Hospital Lucknow said, “Every tooth in a man's head is more valuable than a diamond. Today's mantra, two minutes for brushing. Looking after your teeth is important. It is more than just a smile. They help in speaking, eating to show affection. Oral diseases are a big public health problem all around the world.

Mouth is the entry point to the digestive and respiratory tract. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections such as tooth decay and gum disease. The negative impacts of poor oral health on daily life reduce chewing performance, constrain food choices, and lead to weight loss, gastrointestinal disturbances, impaired communication, low self-esteem, and overall well-being.

Dental caries is one of the major oral diseases for children, which is caused by dental plaque and is directly related with poor oral hygiene practices. Unfortunately, oral hygiene has mostly remained an ignored and unrealized social problem that has steadily become a huge public health burden. Recently, it has been recognized that oral infections, especially periodontitis, may affect the course and pathogenesis of several systemic diseases such as endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, pregnancy, and birth complications.

Certain conditions might affect oral health i.e. diabetes, osteoporosis, HIV AIDS, Alzheimer's, eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, cancers, and immune system disorders. The key message is to be vigilant about your oral hygiene. Don't rush when you brush.

Tooth brushing habits become established during the first few years of childhood and last throughout an individual's life. Avoid using tobacco and smoking. Assessing and monitoring the oral hygiene practices and habits of children can easily prevent oral diseases. Get regular dental check-ups once every six months. Oral health is equal to overall health.


Dr. Tanu Gupta, Prosthodontist and Implantologist, Sharda Hospital Greater Noida said, “On World Oral Health Day, let's celebrate the pearls that sparkle in our smiles. Each smile is a testament to our commitment to preventive care, education, and access to affordable treatments. Together, let's amplify our voices, advocating for policies that ensure universal access to oral healthcare. With determination and solidarity, let us strive to create a world where every individual enjoys the benefits of a healthy smile, unlocking brighter futures, and empowering communities worldwide. Remember, brushing and flossing your teeth go hand in hand. Take proper care of your precious teeth—they deserve it! Whether you’re two or ninety-two, maintaining good oral hygiene is essential. So, let’s keep our smiles healthy, our breath fresh, and our gums happy. Be Proud of Your Mouth—it’s not about perfection; it’s about health. A simple two-minute routine can make a world of difference. Let this day be a reminder to cherish our thirty-two teeth—one of life’s irreplaceable treasures. Cheers to bright smiles and a lifetime of oral well-being!”


Pavita Jones