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Ontario Dental Association Says Tooth Decay is an Infectious Disease

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ODA Special Report and education campaign calls on parents and government to act immediately

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November 18, 2008


Toronto, ON –Tooth decay is an infectious disease that parents and government must prevent at the earliest stage announced the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) at a press conference today.

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APRIL IS ORAL HEALTH MONTH: TIME TO BRUSH UP

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The ODA launches music video aimed at building good oral health habits amongst kids and teens

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April 1, 2014

TORONTO, ON – April is Oral Health Month and this year the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is launching a music video. We Be Brushin’ is aimed at raising awareness amongst younger Ontarians about the importance of brushing and flossing in a fun and innovative way through music.

“Oral health care is a very critical part of overall health and this year we’ve taken a more creative approach to help children and youth build oral habits that will last them a lifetime,” says Dr. Rick Caldwell, ODA President. "We're hoping to reach as many young people as possible to get them brushing up on good oral hygiene habits."

The new music video is posted on the ODA’s web site youroralhealth.ca as well as the association’s YouTube channel OntarioDentalAssoc. The video was originally produced by the Manitoba Dental Association and made available to the ODA through the ongoing collaboration amongst dental associations across the province – including the Canadian Dental Association.

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THIS THANKSGIVING, RAISE A GLASS…TO MODERATION

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Alcohol can negatively affect your oral health – find out how to lessen the impact

October 8, 2013

Toronto, ON – During Thanksgiving, having a drink is almost a tradition for most Ontarians, whether it’s toasting the occasion, enjoying a nice wine with dinner or indulging in an after-dinner apéritif . Whatever the reason, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) wants to remind you that alcohol can have an impact on your oral health – and may leave you feeling less than festive.

“It’s fine to have an occasional alcoholic drink at a holiday party or family gathering,” says Dr. Rick Caldwell, President of the ODA. “But too many drinks wear away tooth enamel and discolour teeth – moderation is key when it comes to alcohol.”

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ODA URGES PARENTS TO GIVE THE GIFT OF ORAL HEALTH

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The Ontario Dental Association offers up oral health gift ideas for children

December 11, 2013

Toronto, ON – With the 2013 holiday season well underway, many parents are looking for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. Given the impact oral health issues like tooth decay, also known as dental caries, can have on a child’s health, an oral health-related present is the perfect gift.

“Children learn more from what we do than from what we say — as parents, one of the greatest gifts we can give is to help them understand the importance of good oral health habits,” says Dr. Rick Caldwell, President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA). “Incorporating the gift of oral health into your holiday celebrations sets a positive example in their early years and will help lead to a lifetime of good oral health.”

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GOOD ORAL HEALTH STARTS IN THE WOMB

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Tips for expecting and new moms marking their first Mother’s Day

Toronto, ON – As incredible as it may seem, good oral health begins in the womb!  With Mother’s Day approaching, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is reaching out to pregnant women and new moms about the importance of providing proper oral health care for their children, both inside and out.

Women’s hormonal levels change significantly during pregnancy. Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, may occur any time for mom between the second and eighth month.  The most common issue dentists observe in pregnant women is that their gums can become inflamed and bleed more easily. 

“Inflamed gums result from changes in mouth bacteria that feed on the extra hormones secreted during pregnancy, and in the overall increase in fluid levels in the body as the pregnancy progresses,” says Dr. Arthur Worth, ODA President.  “Regular professional dental cleanings and the patient’s personal home care are key to reducing the inflammation that can occur during pregnancy and the chances of developing severe gingivitis – tell your dentist if you are pregnant and if you have observed any changes in your oral health.”

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