The official theme of the 2019 World Oral Health Day (WOHD) campaign is ‘Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health’, which calls on individuals to adopt positive actions for maintaining optimum oral health and prevention of oral diseases. It is never too early or too late to start looking after your oral health. If you act on mouth health it will also have a positive impact on your general health and wellbeing. Oral health is much more than a nice smile!
However, on 20th of March the dental community invites everyone to be part of the WOHD celebrations. The activities are aimed at inculcating healthier oral habits in the general public. Thus, these celebrations are not just restricted to dental professionals, but all are welcome. The purpose of celebrating this day annually is to create oral health awareness and increase access to dental care for the public.
HBS Dental College observed WOHD on 20th March 2019. An event based on outreach and welfare was successfully celebrated under the supervision of Dr Qurat-Ul-Ain (Head of Community Dentistry Department) with the expert directions of Principal/Dean HBS Dental College, Prof. Dr Arshad Mahmood Malik. This program was organized with great zeal in collaboration with the International College of Dentistry (ICD), Michigan USA, Section XV Region 24 (Pakistan).
Inauguration of the ceremony was marked with ribbon cutting, performed by Chairman HBS Medical & Dental College, Dr Riaz Shahbaz Janjua, following which he addressed the college staff and appreciated their efforts regarding WOHD observance.
During his address, Prof. Dr Arshad Mehmood Malik expressed gratitude for his entire dental team and especially thanked Dr Qurat-Ul-Ain for her endless efforts for the program.
Free dental check-ups along with free dental kits- sponsored by Shield Pakistan- and free medicines were provided to the visiting patients. Correct tooth brushing techniques were demonstrated for the benefit of the patients.
HBS Dental College faculty enthusiastically participated in the WOHD activity; they also arranged different food and game stalls. Every stall had different food items, where dentists were present to explain the nutritional values of the food items along with their effect on oral health. Gift packs were given to patients with good oral hygiene.
By the end of the day almost 600 patients had received free dental screening, which included multiple school children, teachers, and general public.
WOHD at HBS was concluded with the Oral Health awareness walk, wherein the entire HBS Medical & Dental College staff and students took part.