Oral health nutrition is a way of life for many of us, and is an integral part of our daily lives.
While many people today have some knowledge of oral health, oral health education is increasingly needed, particularly in developing countries.
Today, oral nutrition can be a source of strength, resilience, and hope for our communities, and an essential tool for combating poverty and hunger.
In this special series, we’ll look at what oral health means to the world and the ways in which oral health affects our health, our communities and the planet.
In a world where hunger and disease are becoming more prevalent, we’re in a unique position to have a voice about oral health and the health and wellness of our communities.
This series will include stories about oral nutrition, the importance of oral nutrition for people who live with chronic health issues, and the role of oral hygiene in protecting the oral cavity.
We’ll also look at oral health resources, including oral hygiene products and dental health clinics.
The first installment of the series will focus on oral health for people living with chronic disease.
Oral health for chronic disease can be defined as the process of maintaining a functional oral cavity and oral hygiene for the benefit of people with chronic diseases.
There are three components to oral health: oral hygiene, oral medicine, and oral health.
We will look at these three components as they relate to oral nutrition.
Oral hygiene is the hygiene of the mouth and mouth parts.
Oral medicine is the art of providing oral care, from brushing teeth and gums to filling the mouth with saliva.
Oral nutrition is the knowledge and practice of how to maintain a healthy oral cavity through the use of oral care products and food.
As we move through this series, let’s also look in more detail at the ways oral health has implications for all of us and our communities in the Global South.