World Oral Health Day 20 March 2021

Be proud of your mouth

SA Dental wants you to 'be proud of your mouth'. It's never too early or too late to start looking after your oral health.

World Oral Health Day takes place every year, with this campaign running for the next three years 2021-2023 with a current focus on ‘being proud of your mouth’, as your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. 

A healthy mouth has a positive impact on physical, mental and social wellbeing. The health of our teeth and mouth is linked to overall health and wellbeing in a number of ways.

Poor oral health can affect a person's quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socialises. These oral health problems can reduce a person's quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social wellbeing.

There is also an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, respiratory illness in older adults, as well as pre-term and low birth-weight babies.

Tips for mouth health

  • Use a small, soft toothbrush to clean your teeth and gums for 2 minutes morning and night.
  • Use adult fluoride toothpaste. After brushing, spit the toothpaste out but don’t rinse.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
  • Snack on healthier foods, which are low in sugar, such as fresh fruit, carrot, peppers and low fat cheese.
  • Replacing sugary drinks with plain fluoridated tap water, it is the best drink for your teeth.
  • Try chewing sugar free gum between meals to stimulate saliva, which will help protect teeth from tooth decay.
  • If you're a smoker, think about quitting, call the Quitline on 13 78 48. For more information please see our Dental care - smoking and your mouth page or see our Dental care - smoking and your mouth brochure.

Regular dentist visits

  • Make an appointment to see a dental professional regularly.
  • See if you are eligible on our 'who can attend' page to visit one of our clinics.

For more information about World Oral Health Day visit World Oral Health Day website.What action will you take this World Oral Health Day