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News / March 20, 2015

Celebrate World Oral Health Day today!

by Guy Hiscott

Today is World Oral Health Day (WOHD) and countries worldwide are celebrating lifelong oral health with the ‘Smile for life’ campaign.

Some 95 countries, 65 national dental associations, 30 student dental associations as well as the World Oral Health Day partners are holding hands-on and informative events to raise oral health awareness.

Global activities

This year’s planned activities include the Dentolympics (oral health games for children) in Bolivia; a flash mob organised by dental students in Italy; free oral health assessments for more than 1,000 students in Kenya; and a marathon for dental professionals in front of the pyramids in Egypt.

In addition, the ‘Smile for life’ message will be broadcast to the world via the giant NASDAQ screen in Times Square, New York City with a display collage of some of the WOHD 2015 customised posters.

FDI president Dr Tin Chun Wong will today be speaking at WOHD event organised by the Indonesian Dental Association (Persatuan Dokter Gigi Indonesia (PDGI)) and Unilever.

She commented: ‘”Prevention is better than cure” is an old saying – let’s bring it up-to-date today on World Oral Health Day 2015 to help in the fight for a “Smile for life” for everyone, no matter where they live.’