November 3, 2014
Diabetes and Oral Health: Your Dentist Sees More Than Your Teeth
The Ontario Dental Association recognizes November as Diabetes Awareness Month and the connection between oral and overall health
Toronto – Did you know there is a connection between diabetes and oral health? Research shows that poorly managed blood glucose (sugar) levels put you at greater risk for developing oral health problems such as gum disease, fungal infections, tooth decay, taste impairment, dry mouth and delayed healing. Conversely, having periodontal (gum) disease can intensify the complications associated with diabetes.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) and dentists across the province will be supporting the Canadian Diabetes Association’s “Don’t Be Risky” campaign which urges Canadians to identify the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.
“Diabetes can be associated with an increased prevalence and severity of periodontal diseases, and as an infectious and inflammatory disease, periodontitis can affect the control of blood sugar,” says Dr. Gerald Smith, President of the ODA. “When blood sugars remain high over time it can put people with diabetes at risk for further complications.”
Ontario’s doctors and dentists offer tips for a healthier Halloween
Toronto, ON Oct. 29, 2014 – Halloween is an enjoyable holiday for many children, but it can also throw off hard-fought healthy habits, say the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and Ontario Dental Association ODA).
“Halloween is fun for kids and parents, but it is also a time when the good habits children have learned about healthy eating are not always followed,” said Dr. Ved Tandan, President of the OMA. “Ontario’s Doctors want to offer a few simple tips that can help keep children and parents on track while still enjoying Halloween.”
The ODA reminds parents and children to think about avoiding cavities this Halloween when indulging in treats. Simple and easy-to-remember oral health-care tips will help keep kids healthy and happy long after children bring home their bounty of sugary treats from trick or treating.
The Ontario Dental Association encourages the use of mouthguards for many sports activities
February 28, 2014
TORONTO, ON – Is there such as thing as too much dental protection? Not according to the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), which urges parents and caregivers to ensure their children wear properly fitted mouthguards for a wide range of activities, from hockey and tobogganing, to football and rugby.
You may think that full face and head protection, such as hockey masks and helmets, offer enough protection. You may also think that recreational activities such as skating present a lower risk for dental injuries. Think again.
“It is possible to incur dental trauma to teeth, jaws and the temporomandibular joint by getting hit or falling on the chin or jaw,” says Dr. Rick Caldwell, President of the ODA. “A mouthguard is a piece of protective gear – like helmets, shin guards and shoulder pads – that can prevent more than just chipped or broken teeth.”
“Mouthguards can significantly reduce the risk of mouth injuries by acting as a cushion that absorbs the impact from a blow to the mouth or jaw,” adds Dr. Ian McConnachie, an Ottawa-based pediatric dentist and Past-President of the ODA. “A mouthguard also protects the soft tissues in and around your mouth, such as your tongue, lips and the lining of your cheek.”
Sports drinks can cause dental problems
August 26, 2014
Toronto – With the return of back to school, many children and young teens are gearing up for sports activities. When these budding young athletes reach for sports drinks to keep their bodies hydrated, they may be putting their oral health at risk.
Dentists are seeing serious tooth problems at young ages and sports drink consumption could be to blame. According to Dr. Jerry Smith, President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), the combination of sweetness and acidity in sports and energy drinks can lead to tooth decay and dental erosion.
June 2, 2014
TORONTO, ON — Dr. Gerald Smith has been installed as the new President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), the professional association that represents more than 8,000 dentists in Ontario. His term commenced on June 1.
A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry, Dr. Smith has practised in Thunder Bay for the past 27 years and is a staff dentist at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Smith’s desire to enter the field of dentistry grew out of a childhood conviction that his interest in science and biology could lead to a profession in the health-care field. “One of the wonderful things about being a dentist is that you tend to retain your patients for a long time – I have patients who started coming to me as children and who are now parents – and who bring their kids to see me.“