World Oral Health Day

Celebrate World Oral Health Day

Think Mouth, Think Health.
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Philips & FDI


Philips have once again united with FDI World Dental Federation to  celebrate World Oral Health Day (WOHD), March 20th, 2018 to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health throughout life.

The WOHD 2018 campaign brings to life the view of the mouth serving as a mirror to the body and reflecting overall health. 

Oral and overall health

The importance of good oral health is gaining increasing attention as we learn more about the connections between oral and overall health. Numerous studies have revealed linkages between periodontal diseases* and certain systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, among others1,2.
It's about more than your smile
You can get involved and help your patients Think Mouth, Think health. Download the range of our oral systemic brochures, which will give your patients more information on how poor oral health can impact their heart, pregnancy and the association between poor oral health and diabetes

Do you know about the link between oral health and diabetes?

Is poor oral health affecting your pregnancy?

Can poor oral health impact your heart?

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HAPI Program Partnership

In 2001, West Virginia University (WVU) launched the Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants (HAPI) Project. A federally funded MCHB/HRSA project. Its goal, to help improve the health of mothers, infants and families by targeting prenatal and postpartum women with free services for healthier pregnancies including reduction in infant mortality and low birth weights. 


As part of HAPI, more than 1,000 pregnant women have completed an oral healthcare program including: education, dental prophylaxis with follow-up, and use of oral hygiene products. Philips has partnered with HAPI by providing Philips Sonicare power toothbrushes for the last 12 years.


The results have been encouraging. A secondary data analysis showed that pregnant women have improved birth outcomes after participating in the HAPI comprehensive oral care program.

Participate now


This year’s campaign ‘Live Mouth Smart’ empowers people to take control of their oral health – throughout life – so they can enjoy a healthy, functional mouth from childhood into old age. 


It conveys the message that by making smart decisions such as adopting good oral hygiene habits, avoiding risk factors and having a regular dental check-up, they can help prevent oral disease.


You can get involved and help your patients Live Mouth Smart. There is a brochure available with tips for your patients on how to Live Mouth Smart. Next to that you can download the campaign poster and infographic with easily digestible data and statistics.

* Philips Oral Healthcare products are designed to aid in the prevention of cavities, plaque and gingivitis. They have not been cleared or approved for the prevention or treatment of periodontitis or other diseases. Emerging research shows that there is an association between periodontitis and certain systemic diseases. A cause and effect relationship has not been established.


1. Dietrich T, Garcia RI. Associations between periodontal disease and systemic disease: Evaluating the strength of the evidence. J. Periodontol 2005;76:2175-2184.

2. Barnett ML. The oral-systemic disease connection. An update for the practicing dentist. J AM Dent Assoc 2006: 137 (suppl): 5S-6S.