Expanding Access and Improving Outcomes for World Oral Health Day
World Oral Health Day (WOHD) has a rich history and celebrates the importance of oral health to overall well-being. On WOHD, we recognize the millions of people around the world who are living in pain or discomfort due to untreated dental problems that can be prevented if proper care is accessed. We also celebrate the progress made towards improving oral health equity.
The focus of this year’s World Oral Health Day is on the importance of oral health at every stage of life, because no matter what age you are, caring for your mouth and looking after your oral health is important. And increasing access to affordable, quality services for all individuals regardless of age, geographic location or socioeconomic status is key to improving oral health outcomes.
Here are 4 simple ways to make a difference.
Empower communities through prevention
Prevention is key to good oral health. In many communities, a lack of education and access to dental care is leading to an increase in oral health problems. By empowering communities with the knowledge and tools, we can help reduce the burden of poor oral health.
One way to do this is through education. By providing patients with educational materials, such as brochures or flyers, they can take with them and reference at anytime. These materials provide patients with key information on good oral health practices and the best ways to care for their teeth and gums.
Launch a social media campaign
Launch a social media campaign to promote simple oral health practices and raise awareness about World Oral Health Day. You can share posts on your social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, that inspire patients to maintain good oral hygiene and remind them about the importance of regular dental check-ups.
Promote your dental membership plan
Dental membership plans are a great way to encourage patients to seek regular, preventive dental care. With routine hygiene visits included, membership plan patients consistently book — and keep — their appointments, completing 2-3X more hygiene reappointments than other uninsured patients and accepting nearly 3X the amount of treatment. You can instantly promote your membership plan through your website and social media platforms, as well as with direct mail or email campaigns.
Support local programs that provide oral health services
Look for opportunities to support local organizations that provide oral health services in underserved communities. Offer to provide supplies, volunteer your time and resources, or host a donation drive to help ensure that those who need access to oral care can get it.
By taking these steps we can all make a difference in improving oral health outcomes and increasing access to quality preventive care for everyone.
On World Oral Health Day, let’s all make a commitment to do our part to promote good oral health for ourselves and others. Happy World Oral Health Day!