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World Oral Health Day: A happy mouth is a happy body

Align Technology, Inc. - Middle East

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This year, the World Health Organization is bringing smiles to the forefront of global health with their gleaming new campaign: “A happy mouth is a happy body.” It’s not just a catchy slogan; it’s a stark reminder that the path to overall wellness is through our mouths.

The message is clear: taking care of our mouths means taking care of our bodies. So, let's join in celebrating and upholding the importance of oral health. After all, a brighter smile can lead to a brighter, healthier future for everyone.

To build on the spirit of the World Oral Health Day campaign, esteemed dentists from across the region are sharing their pearls of wisdom. These tips are not just about keeping your smile radiant but ensuring your overall health sparkles just as brightly.

From left to right: Dr Mubarak Alsaeed, Dr Nasser Alqahtani and Dr Siju George.

Here’s how you can maintain that healthy smile:

Dr Mubarak Alsaeed, Orthodontist, certified Invisalign speaker in the Middle East, DDS, MFDS, MSc, MOrth Chairman

“Oral health plays a crucial role in our daily lives, affecting not only our ability to eat and speak but also our self-esteem, social interactions, and overall well-being. When it comes to oral health prevention is key and luckily, it’s easy, especially with the advancement in oral hygiene tools.

My top tips for maintaining oral health would be to brush two times a day with an electrical toothbrush, floss or use a water flosser once before bedtime, and visit your dentist for a cleaning and check-up every 6 months. In addition to this, you must straighten your teeth if needed to have a nice-looking smile and one that is easy to clean, this can be done using the Invisalign System, a non-invasive, innovative clear aligner technology that uses the best-in-class technology and materials for you overall health. Finally, try to quit smoking and vaping as it increases the risk of oral cancer, periodontal disease, and dental caries.

On World Oral Health Day and every day, let's prioritize our oral health by adopting good oral hygiene habits and raising awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy mouth. By taking care of our teeth and gums, we can enjoy a lifetime of smiles and overall well-being.”

Dr Siju George, Orthodontist, Invisalign Clinical Speaker, Invisalign Diamond Provider, European Board of Aligner Orthodontics (EBAO) Certified

"Your smile is a key indicator of your overall health. This World Oral Health Day let's remember that good oral hygiene isn't just about a beautiful smile; it's about ensuring a healthier body. Orthodontic treatment plays a crucial role, not just in enhancing aesthetics but also in improving the function of our teeth and jaws. By taking care of our oral health through regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, we can reduce the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. Let's celebrate World Oral Health Day by prioritizing our smiles for a healthier body and mind."

Dr Nasser Alqahtani, Consultant orthodontist at Sigal Dental Clinic, Professor of Orthodontics at King Saud University, Riyadh, and on the American Board of Orthodontics

"A healthy body, high self-esteem, and active social interaction need a healthy smile. Oral health is a critical component of overall health, as it can significantly influence how we feel about ourselves and interact with others. A bright, confident smile not only reflects good dental hygiene but also boosts self-esteem, empowering individuals to engage more openly and positively in social situations. Moreover, maintaining oral health through regular dental check-ups and proper hygiene practices can prevent a multitude of health issues, contributing to a more vibrant and fulfilling life. Remember, a healthy smile is not just about looking good—it's about feeling good, inside, and out. As a dentist, I cannot stress enough the importance of oral health as a vital step towards a healthier, happier you."

By incorporating these expert tips into your daily routine, you're not just nurturing your smile; you're fostering your overall health. It’s a testament to the World Health Organization’s campaign message, proving that a happy mouth truly is the gateway to a happy, healthy body. Let's all commit to these practices and keep the smiles bright and bodies healthy!

With all this great advice, don't forget to maintain healthy habits to protect your oral and health.

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