World Oral Health Day

Mar 17, 2022

World Oral Health Day

A healthy smile that can impact every aspect of your health

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The importance of good oral health should not be underestimated. World Oral Health Day (WOHD) – celebrated each year on the 20th March – is a great reminder of why having a healthy mouth is so important. Oral health isn’t just about having clean teeth and gums; it can affect your overall health and well-being and even your quality of life. A bright, healthy smile can also have an impact on how you feel about yourself; a smile filled with confidence is worth celebrating every day!

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Your mouth as a mirror of your health


Your mouth is often thought of as ‘the gateway to your body’ and ‘the mirror of your health,’ as it can indicate so much about your overall health. In fact, numerous studies show a strong link between poor oral health and chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke [1,2]. Globally, around three and a half billion people suffer from oral diseases – such as tooth decay and gum disease [3]; many of which can be prevented through good oral hygiene habits. As with many major health issues, prevention, early detection and treatment of oral disease is important to stop any negative effects on the rest of your body.


In 2021, the World Health Organization even adopted an important resolution which underpins that maintaining a healthy mouth can reduce your chances of developing wider health issues. It also highlights that preventing oral diseases is key in supporting good overall health, through regular dental check-ups and good brushing at home – even more reason to keep your oral hygiene in tip-top condition every day.  

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Reveal your most confident you


Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A healthy, bright smile can also leave a great lasting impression. But did you know that having a healthy mouth and smile can have a big effect on how you feel about yourself? In fact, research shows that having a healthy mouth can help you feel more self-confident [4]. And feeling more confident can make you smile more often, which induces endorphins, the happiness hormone!


Oral health can impact every aspect of life; that's because the health of your mouth is connected to your emotional, social, mental and overall physical well-being. But remember: a beautiful smile doesn’t mean it has to look perfect. A healthy mouth is what you can be truly proud of!

What advice would your teeth give you?  

Your teeth know the inside of your mouth better than anyone. What tips and tricks would they share with you to help you achieve your healthiest, most confident smile?

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Take control of your oral health


At Philips, we want to help you adopt good habits and take charge of your oral health at home with ease. Our advanced personalized solutions are developed not only for you to have a beautiful smile, but also because a healthy mouth now may mean less health-related issues for you in the future.


Get a helping hand with the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige, our most advanced electric toothbrush, that senses your brushing style and adapts as you clean. Powered by artificial intelligence, its in-built sensors detect the pressure you apply, the cleaning motion you use and the coverage you achieve – giving you a truly personalized oral health care experience. You can also try the Philips Sonicare Cordless Power Flosser, which reinvents traditional flossing and delivers a complete clean in just 60 seconds [10]. It sweeps bacteria and food debris away from the gum line and in between teeth effortlessly removing up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas [11].


With Philips Sonicare, it can be surprisingly easy to get the best results – so you can wear your healthy smile with pride!  

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[2] Barnett ML. The oral-systemic disease connection. An update for the practicing dentist. J AM Dent Assoc 2006: 137 (suppl): 5S-6S.
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[4] Keeping your mouth healthy | Oral Health Foundation (
[5] How to keep your teeth healthy | Philips Sonicare
[6] Food for healthy teeth and gums l Philips Sonicare
[7] How to keep your teeth healthy | Philips Sonicare
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[11] in an in-vitro study, actual results may vary

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