Thanks to the wonderful invitation, I recently went to Wisma MDA at Parklane Commercial Centre Petaling Jaya for their launching event of World Oral Health Day 2018, an opportunity to coordinate global and national efforts and to work together to make as much noise as possible on and around 20 March.
“Founded in 1938, the Malaysian Dental Association (MDA) was set up to promote the art and science of dentistry, through discussion of scientific and professional matters relating to oral healthcare. Through fostering friendships between dentists from all over Malaysia, MDA hopes to create an encouraging environment to further improve the oral health of all Malaysians,” said Dr Leong Kei Joe, Chairman of MDA’s CSR Committee during his welcome speech at the launching event.
For the 1st time, FDI is launching a 3-year campaign strategy under the theme ‘Say Ahh’. The phrase is synonymous with health and will resonate with many globally. It is commonly used by both dentists and doctors during checkups and invites people to open their mouths for examination.
Combined with different sub-themes each year, the ‘Say Ahh’ campaign brings to life the notion of the mouth serving as a mirror to the body and reflecting overall health.
‘Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health‘ aims to educate people that keeping a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping it functioning correctly and for maintaining overall health and quality of life. It highlights associations between certain oral and general diseases, raises awareness of common risk factors, and promotes good oral hygiene habits.
“In 2018, we want to educate people on the mouth and body connection and ‘Think Mouth, Think Health’. It encourages people to make the connection between their oral health and their general health and well-being. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand, and this year’s campaign theme prompts people to recognize the close association between the two and the impact that one has on the other,” explained Dr Ng Woan Tyng, President of MDA.
A healthy mouth enables people to speak, smile, eat and perform other physical functions throughout life, but it also enhances social interaction and promotes self-esteem. In contrast, an unhealthy mouth can potentially lead to social isolation where people may avoid laughing or smiling and interacting with others as they feel embarrassed about their teeth and people’s perception of their oral health. Oral diseases are also associated with a number of other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and some cancers.
Faculty of Dentistry, UiTM partnered with Malaysian Dental Association to set up the oral health promotion corner and made this event a success one.
Public can register themselves during the event to receive free dental consultation and check-up at the klinik bergerak.
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