The medical practitioners claim that around 90 per cent of the population suffers from oral diseases in their lifetime, many of which were avoidable.
Clinical studies have shown that those with poor oral hygiene are at increased risk of developing various oral health problems such as dental cavities, periodontal disease, halitosis, oral pain and discomfort for denture wearers. "However, oral health problems such as dental cavities, periodontal disease, halitosis, oral pain, and discomfort for denture wearers are found in three out of four youngsters and a lot of them experience decay in their permanent teeth", said dental surgeon Dr K. Bakyalakshmi.
Instituted in 2013 by the International Dental Federation, World Oral Health Day, on March 20, draws attention to the importance of caring for this area of our body to safeguard general health and well-being.
It is said that smoking and tobacco chewing damages the oral health the worst by causing irreversible harm to mouth, gums and teeth, if continued.
Today is World Oral Health Day, an global day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the importance of oral hygiene.
The British Dental Association in Northern Ireland (BDA NI) has highlighted that action needs to be taken to improve children's oral health across the country.