Peshawar March 20, 2019: Oral health day is celebrated globally every year on 20th March. Of the world’s population, 90% will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime, many avoidable. Organized by World Dental Federation (FDI), World Oral Health Day (WOHD) involves campaigns by national dental associations from around the world with activities in over 130 countries.
Khyber College of Dentistry (KCD) marked “World Oral Health Day” to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene. Every year Khyber College of Dentistry arranges a walk to create awareness among general public. The walk was attended by BDS students of all years, faculty staff, management staff, TMOs’ and HOs.
The objective of this walk and seminar was to highlight oral diseases, such as tooth decay and gum disease, are widespread and preventable and through proper self-care, regular dental check-ups and managing risk factors, good oral health and general health can be secured.
WOHD spreads messages about good oral hygiene practices to adults and children alike and demonstrates the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and wellbeing.
Each year, WOHD focuses on a specific theme and reaches out to the public, oral health professionals, and policymakers, who all have a role to play in helping reduce the burden of oral disease.
The theme of this year World Oral Health Day is “Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health”. If you Act on Mouth Health it will also have a positive impact on your general health and well-being. Say Ahh is a phrase that is commonly used by dentists and doctor during check-ups. It invites people to open their mouths for examination and brings to life the notion of the mouth serving as mirror to the body and reflecting overall health. We want people to understand the mouth and body connection because the more informed they are about the impact of oral health on their general health, the more likely they will be engage in preventive oral care routines’
• 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
The walk was followed by a seminar facilitated by Assoc Prof Dr Sultan Zeb and the speaker were Dean KCD Prof Dr Ghulam Rasool, HoD Prosthodontics Dr Akbar Khalil, HoD Operative dentistry Dr Khalid Rehman, HoD Community Medicine Dr Manzar, Maxillofacial Surgery Dr Bashir and others who talked avout different aspects of “Oral and dental care”.
Dean KCD Prof Dr Ghulam Rasool said that KCD is conducting campaigns for the awareness of oral health from last 5 years and said healthy teeth is necessary for healthy diet.
HoD Prosthodontics Dr Akbar Khalil said that for a Muslim every day is world oral health day as they pray 5 times a day and wash their teeth five times a day.
Oral health is multi-faceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease of the craniofacial complex. Dental caries, bad breath, bleeding gums and gum diseases, infections and ultimately results in tooth loss.
Act today to keep a healthy mouth through life:
• Take good care of your oral health at home
• Eat a healthy diet, particularly one low in sugar, avoid tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption
• Have a regular dental check-up
• Regular brushing twice a day after meals
• Miswak usage is also appreciated
• Use of dental floss
Going away message of today’s walk and seminar was “Take care of your oral health to protect your mouth and body. It’s never too early or too late to start looking after your oral health”.
Khyber College of Dentistry (KCD), a premier institution in the country, since its establishment in 1964 and Prof Dr Ahmad Iqbal was the first principal of this august institution. Prof Dr Ghulam Rasool took the charge as the 1st regular dean of Khyber College of Dentistry on 3rd March 2017. The institution has progressed a lot due to the untiring efforts of the present dean, faculty and his team.
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