Oral diseases are a major health concern for many countries and negatively impact people throughout their lives. Oral diseases lead to pain and discomfort, social isolation and loss of self-confidence, and they are often linked to other serious health issues. And yet, there is no reason to suffer: most oral health conditions are largely preventable and can be treated in their early stages.
On the 20 March every year, World Oral Health Day ask the world to unite to help reduce the burden of oral diseases, which affect individuals, health systems and economies everywhere. The campaign theme for 2023 is Be Proud of Your Mouth.
As part of World Oral Health Day 2023, the Australian Dental Association is publishing culturally appropriate resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. These resources are part of a suite called Mob Smiles that provide oral health advice that can help recipients to take care and be proud of their oral health. The resources have been created by Indigenous dental practitioners, health professionals, and creatives, with the support of the Australian Dental Association. They will be officially released on March 20 with follow up promotion throughout the week.