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Back to Basics: Re-Educate Yourself on How to Keep a Healthy Mouth

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August 22, 2016

These Four Tips Never Get Old With Age!

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TORONTO, ON — More than two million kids across the province are preparing to head back to school soon, but everyone in the family can use a refresher course on how best to care for their mouths. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) wants you to remember the "old school" basics of oral health care which includes brushing twice daily and not eating too much sugar. Here are the ABCs and Ds to follow for a healthy smile…and a healthy mouth.

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London Dentist Becomes President of the Ontario Dental Association for 2016/2017

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June 1, 2016

After 41 years in the profession, Dr. Jack McLister feels it is his mission to give back whenever he can

McListerPub 95x145TORONTO, ON — Dr. Jack McLister’s path into dentistry was almost inevitable. While pondering his choice of career, Dr. McLister thought about following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a physician. Ultimately, his choice of dentistry was influenced by an important role model: his grandfather, Dr. Carl McLister, who was the first dentist in Sandwich (now part of Windsor). “The road to dentistry was an unexpected one, but it was the best thing that could have happened to me.”

This road has now led McLister to the pinnacle of his career – as the new President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), the professional association that represents more than 9,000 dentists in Ontario. His one-year term begins June 1.

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SPRING FORWARD INTO GOOD ORAL HEALTH

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When you change your clocks, make time for your dentist!

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March 8, 2016

Toronto, ON - A sure sign of spring is when you roll your clocks ahead by an hour for daylight savings time. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) suggests using this time as a reminder to book your dental appointment and revisit your oral health routine.

Since spring is synonymous with renewal, there isn’t a better time to see your dentist for a thorough cleaning and examination. Your dentist looks for more than just tooth decay; a dental exam can indicate how healthy your gums are and can reveal signs of oral cancer and other dental conditions.

“Dental diseases don’t often show symptoms until they’ve progressed,” says Dr. Victor Kutcher, President of the ODA. “Don’t wait until you’re suffering from pain or swelling – a dental exam can identify and diagnose problems before they become more serious.”

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Your Dentist Wants You to Butt Out

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The Ontario Dental Association Puts the Spotlight on Tobacco Cessation for Oral Health Month

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March 30, 2016

TORONTO, ON – It was estimated by the Canadian Cancer Society that 4,400 people in Canada were diagnosed with oral cancer last year. Chances are it was a dentist
who first noticed the subtle changes in their patient's mouth that led to a diagnosis. Oral cancer can be successfully treated if caught at an early stage and your dentist plays a role in its detection and prevention.

In light of the Ontario government's recent moves to further strengthen its smoking laws and its Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, Ontario's dentists are using Oral Health Month to reinforce the message that tobacco use – cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco – can lead to a high risk of developing oral cancer and other dental diseases. Dentists also want to reaffirm their role in helping their patients quit.

"Every day in Ontario, dentists help patients quit smoking through knowledgeable support and encouragement," says Dr. Victor Kutcher, President of the Ontario Dental Association. "Dentists can also prescribe stop-smoking medications, where helpful, and explain the oral health and overall health benefits of quitting."

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FRANK BEVILACQUA APPOINTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ONTARIO DENTAL ASSOCIATION

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January 27, 2016

Toronto, ON –The Ontario Dental Association (ODA)’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Frank Bevilacqua as the ODA’s new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, effective February 1, 2016.

Mr. Bevilacqua has 25 years of service with the ODA, most recently as its Director of Professional, Government and Component Society Affairs. Dr. Victor S. Kutcher, Chair, Board of Directors and President of the ODA, calls Mr. Bevilacqua “a respected leader who has developed an excellent reputation in Ontario’s health-care sector” and adds, “Frank’s wealth of knowledge about dentistry is evidenced by his long and outstanding history of advocacy for our profession and the patients who need our care.”

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