World Oral Health Day will be celebrated again around the world on March 20.
Organized by the FDI World Dental Federation, World Oral Health Day is the largest oral health awareness campaign in the world, the organization said. The official theme of the 2021 campaign is Be Proud of Your Mouth.
The campaign spreads messages about good oral hygiene practices for adults and children and illustrates the importance of oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.
World Oral Health Day also focuses on a specific theme each year and reaches out to the public, oral health professionals, and policymakers who all have a role addressing the consequences of oral disease.
World Oral Health Day was first declared in 2007 and celebrated on September 12, the birthday of FDI founder Dr. Charles Godon. But the campaign was not fully activated until 2013, when the date was changed to avoid conflict with the FDI World Dental Congress, which traditionally takes place in the late summer.
Resources and tips for celebrating World Oral Health Day are available online.