World Oral Health Day is observed annually on March 20 after it was launched by FDI World Dental Federation in 2013.
It is also considered as the largest global awareness campaign on oral health and the theme of this year is “Be Proud of Your Mouth”.
The annual observance 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.
Nagaland too joined in observing the day by carrying out various health programmes.
Kohima: In the state capital Kohima, a programme was organized by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Kohima under National Oral Health Programme at Kros College, Kohima.
Speaking on the theme, Dr. Pfukrolo Koza, junior dental specialist Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) said that the day aim to empower people with the knowledge, tools and confidence to secure good oral health.
“The growing burden of oral disease demands action on every level: individual, family and community. World Dental Federation is confident that simple, targeted action has the power to curb the prevalence of oral diseases and make oral health a personal priority for all,” he said.
Good oral hygiene habits will keep away most of the dental problems saving from toothaches and costly dental treatments and others, Dr. Koza said.
Awareness regarding the importance of oral hygiene has significantly increased in the developed countries, but contrary to that, the modern dietary lifestyle habits are posing a greater risk for oral health, he said.
Vidilhou Suohu, administrator Kros College Kohima also delivered short speech. The programme was chaired by Dr. Rosy Yhome, senior dental specialist NHAK.
Wokha: In Wokha, the day was observed among Sunday school students at Tiyichan Baptist Church Wokha under the aegis of National Oral Health Programme.
According to chief medical officer, Wokha, the theme speaker, was senior dental surgeon, district hospital Wokha, Dr Daisy Ovung, who spoke on oral hygiene, prevention of oral diseases and food habits for good oral health.
On the occasion, a quiz competition on oral health was conducted by Dr. Mhayani Jami and prizes were awarded to the winners. Toothpastes and information, education and communication materials on oral health were also distributed among the children.
More than 500 Sunday school students and teachers participated in the programme.
Zunheboto: Medical department of Zunheboto district also observed the day where an oral health team led by Dr. Easter Chophy Ngullie organised a programme at DC-hill prayer fellowship church.
According to DPRO Zunheboto, Dr. Easter who was the main resource person dwelt on the importance of maintaining proper oral health, steps to maintain oral hygiene and bad oral health habits and its harmful effects. The second resource person, Alibo K Swu spoke on the physiological effects of tobacco.
The programme was attended by various church leaders, youth, children and teachers from the department of child ministry (DC-Hill).