Ontario Dental Association Reminds Parents: Healthy Mouths Lead to Healthy Minds

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Don’t send your kids back to school without a thorough check-up and these helpful tips

MEDIA RELEASE
September 2, 2009

Attention: Health, Lifestyle and Education Editors and Reporters

Toronto, ON – Children across the province return to school next week and the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) reminds parents that they should do so with clean, healthy teeth.
“Tooth decay can impact a child’s ability to focus, learn and even attend class,” says ODA President Dr. Ira Kirshen. “The good news is that it is entirely preventable. Parents can help children fight off tooth decay by simply teaching them good oral health habits.”

In a Special Report published last year – Tooth Decay in Ontario’s Children: An Ounce of Prevention – A Pound of Cure – the ODA reported that tooth decay is a rapidly progressing disease and one of the leading causes of absences from school. It not only affects school performance, it impedes a child’s ability to thrive and his or her sense of self-worth.

To emphasize the importance of prevention, the ODA offers the following tips to parents:
“There are many things parents can do to build habits that will protect their children’s teeth and lay the foundation for future health,” says Dr. Kirshen. “Make sure your child is ready for school and able to enjoy a full year’s curriculum without being affected by oral health issues.”


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For more information

Bonnie Dean
Public Affairs and Communications
Ontario Dental Association
416-922-3900, extension 3305
bdean [at] oda.ca