Oral Health

Today is World Oral Health Day 2019

#WorldOralHealthDay

#WOHD19

Organized by FDI World Dental Federation, this is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health. (1)

FDI World Dental Federation is the largest membership based dental organization in the world. It is the principle representative body of over 1 million dentists worldwide. (2)

WOHD spreads messages about good oral hygiene practices and the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and wellbeing. (1)

It is an International Day to promote good oral health for everyone and empower individuals to maintain a healthy mouth at all ages. (3)

FDI Definition of Oral Health

Oral health is multi-faceted and includes the ability to –
speak | smile | smell | taste | touch | chew | swallow | convey emotions through facial expressions with Confidence
Without pain
Without discomfort
Without disease of the craniofacial complex (2)

Most people will suffer from an oral condition in their lifetime
Many conditions can be avoided with
increased awareness | funding for prevention | detection and treatment programmes

FDI encourages all member National Dental Associations | Governments | Non-Governmental Organizations | Media to participate in WOHD to develop community, national, regional and global activities to improve oral health. (3)

Each year WOHD focus on a specific theme to reach the public, oral health professionals and policymakers to reduce the burden of oral disease.

Theme for this year – ‘Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health’
Campaign calls for concrete action for good oral health (4)

The Say Ahh theme is a 3 year campaign launched in 2018
It empowers you to keep a healthy mouth and helps you maintain your general health and wellbeing. Maintaining a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping it functioning correctly and for maintaining overall health and quality of life.

The focus –

1. oral health is much more than a nice smile
2. oral health and general health have a two-way relationship
3. the mouth cannot be isolated from the rest of the body
4. most oral diseases share common risk factors with other diseases (3)

 History

 World Oral Health Day date is 20th March and chosen to reflect that:

  • Seniors must have a total of 20 natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy
  • Children should possess 20 baby teeth
  • Healthy adults must have a total of 32 teeth and 0 dental cavities
  • Expressed on a numerical basis this can be translated as 3/20

Previous Campaign Themes

2013      Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Life
2014      Celebrating Healthy Smiles
2015      Smile for Life!
2016      Healthy Mouth. Healthy Body
2017      Live Mouth Smart
2018      Say Ahh: Think Mouth Think Health

FDI relies on individual action worldwide to roll out World Oral Health Day in each country and create a truly global movement. (1)

Hello World

Are we paying attention to this

We have an International Day asking us to look at our own oral health

The message for this year is to say Ahh and Act on Mouth Health

Who comes up with this stuff and is this all Real and tangible

Do any of us even know how many teeth we actually have

What if the size of our mouth means we do not have 32 teeth

Does that mean we are not healthy oral health adults, because we do not fit the numbers of 2 and 3 that are mentioned to define why 20th March was chosen

Is this all encompassing, confusing, or not really making any sense ?

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Most of us at some point are going to visit a dentist and this blog is saying that things could be different when it comes to our oral health.

Have we considered that it is simply a choice to do our best every single day to maintain proper oral health hygiene.

So where do we start and what is our personal responsibility here

Are we ready to make the movements needed for this call

Do we want to be a statistic or are we going to buck the trend

Do we all need to start first with a big dose of Honesty

How lazy are we when it comes to looking after our teeth

Do we chew gum thinking it makes our breath smell good

Do we use those mint sweets all day as a breath freshener

Do we find ways to mask our Coffee breath

Do we hate the fact that we have ciggie breath

Do we bang on about not having any time to do this teeth business

Would we rather be doing something else than brushing our teeth

Is taking care of our mouth something we really don’t want to think about

Are we hoping for some fast quick fix Solution which means no more teeth brushing forever as this would suit our lifestyle.

Are we even remotely interested in what dental hygiene is all about

Have we ever visited a dental hygienist and woke up to the fact that there is a job for us here to do daily.

Would we rather spend money on a new set of front teeth veneers than give up the bad habits that got our teeth into a mess in the first place.

Are we going for the Oscars Hollywood smile teeth, which are now possible with a payment plan.

Are we planning an overseas trip to get a whole new set of teeth because our front teeth are really looking bad and the back teeth are rotting.

Are we going for the whole hog and getting a new set of teeth to make us look young and a non-smoker, just because we can.

Are we always looking at other people’s teeth and comparing them to our own and noticed we have become a bit obsessed with it all.

Do we have self fury at another person’s choices, those who make the effort to keep their teeth in good order.

 

Are we interested in this twice a day brushing and paying attention to detail with our busy Fast life.

Are we one of those who don’t bother brushing our teeth on our day off as we are in ‘not going out’ mode

Are we noticing that our breath is stinking more than usual and we are struggling to find stronger mouth wash to do the job.

Are we big into mouthwash and cologne as it is a must for our hot dates

Do we wing it most nights with a quick mouth wash as its way too late

Have we noticed that those new mouth washes have even more Alcohol which strips the delicate tissue on the sides of our mouth

Have we become obsessed with our Just Incase Syndrome and we always overdo it with the mouth wash every day.

Hello

Global Mouthwash Market to surpass

$2,841.7 million by 2026

2017 – valued at $1,817.8 million (5)

Did we all know that Mouthwash is projected to be one of the most lucrative markets in consumer goods, globally.

There are 2 types –

Cosmetic mouthwash is designed to improve breath odour

Therapeutic mouthwash includes fluoride, antiseptic and herbal products

UK

87.9% adults used internet to purchase mouthwash products
Office of National Statistics | 2016 (6)

Is it really because we like the easy delivery options, secured payment options, promotions and other marketing that brings the mouthwash to our door OR is it because we do not want other people to see our supermarket trolley full of mouthwash as it would look a bit exposing.

WHY on earth are we finding a rise in sales of this stuff we gargle without giving it any thought of what actually goes into it.

How many of us don’t touch alcohol but have never stopped to consider our mouthwash has a dose in it.

If we read Simple Living Global – The Real Truth about Alcohol on this website we get to know Alcohol is a scientific proven poison.

Imagine what mouthwash does every time we swish it in our mouth because we think this is good oral hygiene and it reaches places we can’t with our toothbrush.

What if the missing ingredient is actually real education about our mouth, tongue, teeth and gums from someone who has all this in good order.

What if the best teachers and presenters are those who walk the talk.
In other words, they have great teeth and their gums are in good condition according to their dental hygienist. Add to that they have not had any dental work going on for decades.

Could we learn a thing or two from them and are we likely to pay attention knowing they are actually living what they are sharing with us.

Could this be the education of the future and that means – those who live it have a responsibility to share and so what if this puts the global mouthwash industry out of business.

Are we ready World for this type of Back to Basics Real Education

It is up to each and every one of us to say Yes and until then we can continue to expect significant growth on all oral health care products.

There is no need to wait for the world and its brothers to change because real change starts with us first and then we reflect that change to others, not by banging on about it or preaching – just living it day in and day out to the best of our ability. No Perfect needed.

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Do we hate the smell of our partners bad breath but put up with it as that’s just part of what we do.

Do we avoid getting close to those at work who suffer with halitosis

Do we wish we could just learn to say “your breath really stinks mate”

Would we just love to say “excuse me you have very bad smelling breath”

Do we lack the understanding and education about basic and general oral health and hygiene.

Do we live life in Regret because we never ever took care of our teeth

Do we get blisters or mouth ulcers from eating certain foods that we love

Do we have teeth marks on the insides of our mouth which are tender

Do we avoid making the appointment at the dentist because we know what’s coming and it’s going to be way too pain-full for us and our budget.

Do we dread the next dental bill as it seems to be never ending

Do we feel exhausted at this endless dental work that we need

Do we keep up with the strong painkillers when our teeth are trying to tell us SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT

Do we look the part of a real cool dude but the world doesn’t know we have false back teeth as they were rotten and got pulled out long ago.

Do we hate the fact we have got some dentures at such a young age

Do we deliberately not smile as we know how stained our teeth are

Do we have great hair but we avoid smiling as our teeth are rotten

Do we nag the kids to brush their teeth but never spend time showing them how it is done properly.

Do we find teaching our children about good oral health, a job we wish we didn’t have to do.

Do we need to put on the school agenda from day dot, how to brush teeth with Care and Focus

Do we religiously and meticulously take care of our teeth and gums

Do we find the time and space every evening to floss our teeth Gently

Do we know that staying Consistent with this oral health business daily has great benefits for us in the long term.

Do we realise that looking after our oral health has a knock on effect.

In other words, this Self Care routine can extend to other areas of taking care of our body like our Cold Hands and Feet.

Could it be possible to get to a point where we actually value and appreciate the job of looking after our teeth and gums.

GLOBAL

World Health Organization

Oral health is a key indicator of overall health, wellbeing and quality of life

WHO defines oral health as a state of being free from –

Chronic mouth and facial pain
Oral and throat Cancer
Oral infections and sores
Periodontal (gum) disease
Tooth decay
Tooth loss

Other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in

Biting
Chewing
Smiling
Speaking
Psychological wellbeing

Key Facts – 24 September 2018

Oral diseases are the most common non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

They affect people throughout their lifetime causing pain, discomfort, disfigurement and even death.

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2016

3.58 billion people (50% world population) affected by oral diseases

Tooth Decay in permanent teeth most prevalent condition assessed

2.4 billion people suffer from dental caries (tooth decay)

486 million children suffer from caries of primary teeth (7)

60% – 90% children have tooth decay globally

50 million school hours lost each year due to poor oral health

Millions of days off work lost to poor oral health with social and economic impact (8)

The main causes of gum disease –
Poor Oral Hygiene and Tobacco use

Severe tooth loss and edentulism (no natural tooth) was one of the leading ten causes of YLD – Years Lived with Disability in some high-income countries.

Cancer of lip and oral cavity – within top 3 of all cancers in some Asian-Pacific countries.

Tobacco, Alcohol and Areca Nut use are among leading causes of Oral  Cancer (7)    

Note – areca nut (also known as beta nut) is a fruit that is chewed and spat out like chewing tobacco.

It stains the teeth and mouth red and is highly addictive

10 – 20% world population chews areca nut in some form

4th most widely-used psychoactive substance after Nicotine, Alcohol and Caffeine

Most common method of using areca nut is to slice it into thin strips and roll in a betel leaf with slaked lime powder or crushed seashells.

Leaf package known as betel quid | betel nut chew | betel paan

Betel quids may also contain Tobacco2 and other additives such as cloves | cardamom | nutmeg | aniseed | coconut | sugar | syrups | fruit extracts (9)

Areca nut with or without tobacco is carcinogenic to humans

The risk of malignancy further increases with addition of smokeless tobacco

Lime used in the quid has high concentrations of arsenic

Areca nut users have

Halitosis
Poor oral hygiene
Poor periodontal health
Increase in gingival lesions
Recession
Periodontal pockets
Bleeding of gums

Mild to severe physiological loss of tooth structure is common among users (10)

 

PAPAU NEW GUINEA

80% of the population chew areca nut

98% people with mouth cancer chew areca nut

World’s highest rate of malignant mouth cancer

Mouth cancer highest killer for men

Mouth cancer 3rd highest cause of death for women

Children as young as 8 years old are habitual betel chewers (11)

Behavioural risk factors for oral diseases such as an unhealthy diet, high in free sugars, Tobacco use and harmful use of Alcohol are shared with other major non-communicable diseases – Cardiovascular Diseases, Cancer, Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Diabetes.

How many of us have heard of this areca nut, which is highly addictive

Are we aware of a country in our world which confirms that mouth cancer is a direct result of chewing areca nut

10 – 20% of the entire world is chewing this stuff which is killing us

WHY are we not asking Questions and getting to the root cause of this highly addictive psychoactive substance

 
Prevention

The burden of oral diseases can be reduced through public health interventions by addressing common risk factors, which include –

1) Promoting a well-balanced diet –

  • Low in free sugars to prevent – development of dental caries | premature tooth loss | other diet-related non-communicable diseases
  • With adequate fruit and vegetable intake, which may have a protective role in oral cancer prevention

2) Reduce smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco including chewing or areca nuts and alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of oral cancers, periodontal disease and tooth loss

3) Encouraging use of protective equipment when doing Sports and travelling in motor vehicles to reduce the risk of facial injuries. (7)

 

Concise Oxford English Dictionary

Halitosis – unpleasant smelling breath (12)

Google

Technical term for bad breath (13)

25% affected by bad breath (14)

 

Periodontitis May Increase Risk of Dementia

SOUTH KOREA

New study adds to growing evidence – chronic periodontitis risk factor for dementia

Periodontitis occurs when an untreated gum infection spreads to the roots of the teeth, causing destruction of the supporting bone and connective tissues.

It is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults

 

TAIWAN

2018

Study found people over age 70 living with periodontitis for over 10 years were 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. (15)

 

EUROPE

20% – 90%     Tooth Decay among 6 year old children (16)

50% of population suffer from some form of periodontitis

€79 Billion current EU spending

€93 Billion if trends continue next year – 2020

Studies show the mouth is the most expensive part of the body to treat

Strong evidence that benefits of preventing tooth decay exceed cost of treatment (17)

 

CANADA

3,200 diagnosed every year with oral cancer

1,050 deaths occur from oral cancer (18)

 

USA

Oral Health and Dental Care

2015

30% adults reported condition of mouth and teeth as fair or poor

20% suffered anxiety due to condition of their mouth and teeth

43% aged 2 to 19 suffered from dental caries (19)

62% adults too afraid to visit the dentist (20)

 

Oral Cavity and Pharynx Cancer

2018

51,540 new cases of Oral Cavity and Pharynx Cancer

10,030 were due to die from the disease (21)

  

Millennials Terrible at keeping Teeth Clean

2018 Study

2,000 Americans

30% brush their teeth once a day

Average millennial gone more than 2 days without brushing teeth

56% are worried about losing teeth due to their oral health (20)

 

UK

2017 – 18

26,000 children aged 5 to 9 admitted to hospital due to tooth decay

Rise in number for second consecutive year for 5 to 9 age group

Tooth decay remains number one reason children admitted to hospital

31% age 5 – 9 did not visit an NHS dentist in 12 months leading up to 30 June 2018 (20)

 

30% People Regularly Forget to Brush their Teeth

2,000 adults survey found many have inconsistent approach to dental hygiene

80% said currently suffering with or have suffered with oral health problems

60% say they did not take sufficient care of their mouths

43% did not know how to maintain a healthy mouth

1 in 10 use chewing gum instead of toothpaste to keep teeth clean

Mouth health was low on list of respondents Priorities for maintaining healthy lifestyle – behind Diet, Weight and Mental Health.

Experts say the majority of oral health problems can be prevented or reduced through daily oral care(22)

 
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How are we choosing to brush our teeth
How often are we brushing your teeth
How important is our teeth brushing task

Do we love brushing our teeth
Do we give our teeth the time and space daily
Do we have a moment of rest when brushing teeth

Do we floss our teeth properly
Do we use a tongue scraper
Do we loathe it and wish we didn’t have to do it
Do we even hate the thought of taking care of teeth
Do we wish teeth brushing was never invented

Do we avoid anything to do with teeth
Do we only clean our teeth in the morning
Do we miss some teeth when we are brushing
Do we bother to take care of all teeth equally
Do our teeth actually hurt when we start to brush
Do our gums bleed every time we brush our teeth

Do we feel we have the wrong toothbrush size
Do we use any toothpaste as it just isn’t important
Do we have the attitude that teeth are not our Priority
Do we wait for severe pain before going to the dentist

Do we reckon we have super sensitive teeth and gums
Do we honestly and truly care about those teeth
Do we care deeply enough to consistently get check ups

Do we bother to see a dental hygienist who could teach us a thing or two about taking care of our teeth and gums

Are we fanatical about teeth cleaning
Are we into teeth rituals just before bed only
Are we Plugged in and Connected when we do our teeth

Do we Focus and pay attention to our teeth
Do we wish we had perfect white teeth like movie stars
Do we have a constant ache deep inside the root of our teeth
Do we have a nagging sense something is not right with our teeth

Do we dread the day we need to wear false teeth
Do we avoid at all costs having the dodgy tooth pulled out
Do we refuse to pay a dentist as we simply don’t value our teeth

How many of us are brushing our teeth on autopilot –
without our mind focused on the task we are doing

Dear World

What if we start with something as Simple as brushing our teeth twice a day

The following handout is from the Simple Living Global Back to Basics Program

Teeth Brushing

It is super important to make this a part of the morning and bedtime routine

Have your toothbrush ready
If electric – have both bits
Toothpaste
Dental picks
Floss
Tongue scraper, if you use one
Towel nearby or over the shoulder

Stand facing the sink
Feel your feet and steady your balance
Move and clear anything in your way
This is time to Focus on the task

Use fingertips to open the toothpaste
Squeeze gently on to the brush
Close the cap of the toothpaste
Check your posture and feet position
Open the tap gently using fingertips
Run water over toothpaste slightly

Brush into the mouth – Super Gently
Important – time to really Focus now

Start with one corner inside
Close your eyes if it helps to focus
Use the mirror if that supports you
Do all of this slowly and gently

The purpose here is to clean the teeth
Stay with the job and not choose distraction

Check if you are doing this with force
In other words, it feels hard and rough

Can you feel your gums – are they sensitive
Do you have pain in any area of the mouth
Have you seen if your gums are bleeding
Clock which teeth hurt or feel very sensitive

Our gums are very tender, so be tender

If you have a small toothbrush or electric

Start with anti-clockwise – lower inside first
Then go to the outer teeth and repeat again
Now do the chewing teeth on the surface

Repeat on the upper teeth – inside and out
Remember to go under the top chewing teeth

Have another go if you feel to or it is needed
Make sure each tooth has had your attention

It is ok to allow saliva and toothpaste out
Time to thoroughly rinse your mouth
Cup your hands and get the water in
Whoosh around the mouth and repeat
Do this several times until all feels clean

Now rinse your toothbrush
Run your finger into the brush with water
Make sure it is clean with no toothpaste
Let the water run clear, then shake and dry

If electric, remove and rinse battery part
Dry with towel and place where it belongs

If you use a tongue scraper
Get your balance first and stand over sink
Do this with super attention and focus
Do not go too far back near the throat area
Very gently start at back of tongue
Scrape and rinse then repeat again
The detail and precision are important
No need to ever be gagging

Final rinse with mouth again
Then wipe and hang up your scraper

Keep your teeth brushing bits in same place

The key is to make sure your mind is with you whilst you are doing this very simple task.

Our teeth are worth the effort, focus and attention to make sure we are present when we brush our teeth – that means no distractions.

Apply common sense at all times and that means if gums are bleeding, teeth are loose or aching – get to the dentist and have it checked out.

 

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  1. Reading this article has really raised my awareness about my own teeth brushing practice.

    I regularly visit the dentist and hygienist and generally my teeth are in good health, but sometimes where I have a problem is with the inside bottom area of my right teeth. There can be a build up of plaque there and hygienists have always advised me to pay special attention.

    Whilst reading this article I began to become aware that my gums in that area were really hurting. Then I felt the build up of plaque and realised that I had been missing that area again. I then remembered ‘Ahh the hygienist and I had discussed using my left hand to brush that area, last time’, which could help me get to that hard to reach area as I am right handed.

    Coming to all of this awareness and understanding and paying more attention to my teeth brushing has made all the difference in a very short space of time as both my teeth and gums have stopped hurting.

    Thank you Simple Living Global for writing this.

    What a truly healing process!

  2. Thank you for this marvellous and absolutely essential blog.

    I lost a tooth last year. It was rotten and had to be removed. I feel that the loss of that tooth was linked to the fact that I had smoked, albeit with some short gaps of not smoking, for about 30 years from the age of 15.

    Losing a tooth is a cause for regret for me. As is smoking for all those years. I have to wonder, if I had never smoked a cigarette, would I have all my teeth now (wisdom teeth aside)? I strongly suspect so.

  3. My dental hygienist was full of joy as she loves it when people actually listen, take her advice and get on with it. I was her living proof hence the joy she was feeling.

    I told her that if something makes sense because they explain to me whatever it is, then I learn and have a choice to ignore it or take action.

    In the past, I had bleeding gums and no amount of flossing changed that so I was bored and gave up very quickly. Let’s not blame others for my stuff.

    What if flossing alone was not going to cut it and more on my part was needed?
    I was living in a very neglectful way and dis-regarding my body. Self care was all superficial and not once did I consider early bed or changing my high sugar, high fat diet plus alcohol which I found out contains loads of sugar.

    Once these things were brought to my awareness, I started to take small steps and made changes and of course this was what was needed in the real self care department.

    Reading this blog, it confirms we have a global issue with our gums and teeth. There is no getting away from that fact and no amount of visits to get the dentist of dental hygienist to fix us is going to change the root cause of WHY we have gum disease.

    I have not had any teeth work for 50 years so that in itself speaks volumes, other than the removal of 4 wisdom teeth 28 years ago because my mouth was too small to hold them.

    I currently have strong teeth and gums and I realise it comes from how I am choosing to live in daily life and the deep care, focus and attention I give to my body throughout the day, to the best of my ability.

    It is not negotiable in my head about teeth care. Every single evening before bedtime I have a routine regarding flossing and brushing my teeth.

    It works and I have identified that. I have it confirmed that it works by my dental hygienist so that means I have a responsibility now to continue with that task.

    That consistency will support me as whilst I do the job every night, I no longer see it as boring or arduous but rather a medicine for my body that will help it run more effectively.

    I know I was a gum disease statistic but I have turned that around by simply doing something daily that works – the teeth brushing and gum flossing but also making lifestyle choices to support that.

  4. Dentist yesterday – NOTHING TO DECLARE
    So this is the same now since 1969 when I had some fillings aged 7, which looking back would have something to do with the fact I lived on sugar.

    The dentist commented on the fact I had no bleeding gums and that there was no plaque build up anywhere which is not the norm these days.

    Dental Hygienist today said my teeth and gums were ‘stunning’ because I was doing the job daily and taking care of this simple daily routine.

    I am certain it has something to do with lifestyle choices and not just 10 minutes every day in the bathroom doing my teeth business.

    The self regard, the sleep quality, the exercise and sensible eating most of the time has got something to do with the quality of my teeth and gums.

    On another note, what was shared was our youth of today want their teeth and gums to be in perfect condition but they do not want to put any effort into the daily oral health routine that is needed.

    This blog tells us the state of our teeth and gums and worldwide it is clear we have a problem.

    Whilst we can focus on one area of our body and get that in order, I feel it takes a bit more and that is we need to consider the whole of our being and that means all our body and every part, which needs our attention on a daily basis and not think it is a now and then, ‘when we feel like it’ thing.

    Back to the dental appointments and I was advised to wait longer for check ups as it is very obvious I am doing the work – ie. the daily routine, consistently.

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