To mark World Oral Health Day, FDI World Dental Federation has released a powerful video featuring voices from various sectors coming together to call for collaborative action to enhance global oral health.

On World Oral Health Day, FDI World Dental Federation emphasizes the importance of oral health to overall well-being. Leaders from various sectors have come together to promote universal access to oral health care through a new video, highlighting the crucial link between oral health and overall health.

“We say that a happy mouth is essential for a happy body because the two are intricately connected and mutually influence each other. Understanding this connection is vital to improve the quality of life for countless people around the world,” explains FDI President Dr Greg Chadwick.

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Having good oral health is essential for basic functions like breathing, eating, speaking, and smiling. Untreated oral diseases can have a significant impact on a person’s overall health and social well-being. Additionally, taking care of oral health can help prevent other conditions such as heart disease, respiratory diseases, cancer, and diabetes.

Unfortunately, oral diseases are the most common health issues worldwide, impacting approximately 3.5 billion individuals. These include conditions such as tooth decay, severe gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer, as estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. Anna Lella, WOHD Working Group Chair, emphasizes the importance of raising awareness about the risk factors for oral diseases and promoting good oral health habits. FDI’s mission is to collaborate with partners and advance policies and programs to improve oral health as part of overall health and well-being.

FDI works with organizations like NCD Alliance, World Heart Federation, International Diabetes Federation, and the International Pharmaceutical Federation to advocate for collaboration across health conditions and professions in order to safeguard people’s health. By mobilizing its members and partnering with industry leaders like Denstply Sirona, 3M Health Care, Smile Train, and Haleon, FDI aims to shape the future of oral health by promoting prevention, early detection, and treatment of oral diseases. Public, private partnerships and sustained political commitment by governments, such as Ireland, are key to achieving equitable access to quality oral healthcare and general health and well-being for all.

“Effective collaboration across sectors and stakeholders is imperative to achieve universal coverage for oral health. We must work together to eliminate disparities so that by 2030, oral health becomes a universally accessible right,” stresses Dr Chadwick.

Join us in our mission to improve oral health worldwide. Share this video and spread the word this World Oral Health Day.

What is World Oral Health Day?

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated annually on 20 March. It was launched by FDI World Dental Federation to raise global awareness on the prevention and control of oral diseases. Learn more at and join the conversation using #WOHD24 #HappyMouth.


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