World Oral Health Day is celebrated each year on March 20 to promote worldwide awareness of the benefits of good oral health. This year’s theme, “It all starts here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body,” acknowledges that good oral health affects more than just your smile.1 In fact, more than 120 diseases, including diabetes, HIV, psoriasis, leukemia and systemic lupus all have symptoms that appear in the mouth. 2
Some oral health problems are correlated with overall health problems. For example, people with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease, often developing it earlier in life and more severely than their non-diabetic counterparts. 3
The good news is that access to preventive dental care results in improved oral health and overall health. 4 So if you’re overdue for a regular exam, March is the perfect time to celebrate your oral health and overall health by making a dental appointment today.