World Oral Health Day is observed on 20th March 2015
This day is observed to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth, to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of looking after oral hygiene to everyone old and young.
The theme for this year is “World Oral Health Day 2015, Smile for life”! This implies: ‘lifelong smile’ and ‘celebrating life’. In addition, it also means ‘positivity’ and ‘having fun’ as people only smile if they are happy and have a healthy life.
Oral Health care of children:
And good oral care starts before teeth appear. after a feeding, parents wipe a baby’s gums with a soft washcloth or a baby toothbrush using water (no toothpaste) or a dentist-recommended Tooth & Gum Cleanser. Once a child reaches 12 months of age, start brushing any existing teeth twice each day. Some dentists recommend using a non-fluoride toothpaste before a child reaches two years of age, but ask to be sure. Water and an age-appropriate toothbrush may suffice.
Once children reach two years of age, encourage them to brush their own teeth. Parents, however, should still follow up and brush them again to make sure they’re clean. If a child resists having his or her teeth brushed, parents need to get creative and make the process fun, like “looking for treasure behind the teeth.” And of course, using a themed brush with your child’s favorite cartoon characters can make brushing more enjoyable.