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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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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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Ontario Dentists Say: Have Your Candy – and Eat it, Too!

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With a few simple tips, Halloween doesn’t have to be scary for children’s teeth

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October 27, 2015

Toronto, ON – It’s that time of year again when kids look forward to getting candy and sweets – and parents and caregivers begin to worry about the damage that sugar does to their children’s teeth. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has some tips to make Halloween more fun than frightening when it comes to oral health.

“As a parent, I always wanted my children to enjoy themselves on Halloween, including eating the candy they got from trick-or-treating,” says ODA President Dr. Victor Kutcher. “Keep in mind that tooth decay does not develop from sugar alone. It comes from poor oral health habits, like not brushing or flossing regularly and letting food sit on teeth for long periods of time.”

Parents can mitigate the potentially harmful effects of Halloween candy by incorporating healthy habits into your child’s everyday oral health-care routine.

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Thunder Bay Dentist Urges Government to Fund Dental Care Properly for Low-Income Ontarians

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Dr. Jerry Smith offers solutions for better, cost-effective access to dental care at Pre-Budget Consultation

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January 20, 2016

THUNDER BAY, ON - On behalf of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), Dr. Jerry Smith, a practicing dentist in Thunder Bay, stood in front of the Ontario Legislative Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs earlier today, urging the members to recommend funding increases for publicly funded dental programs in the Wynne government's next provincial budget.

"Government-funded dental programs fall very short when it comes to practical, proven and less costly preventive and early intervention care for low-income children and youth in Ontario," says Dr. Smith, the ODA's past-president. Dr. Smith also serves as chair of an ODA committee dedicated to improving access to care across the province. Dr. Smith told the Standing Committee that "Ontario's dentists are offering solutions to ensure that every single child and youth eligible has the same access to high quality dental care."

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Children’s Dental Emergencies – Would You Know What To Do?

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September 2, 2015

Ontario’s dentists remind you to be ready for the unexpected.

Toronto, ON September 2, 2015 Accidents can happen to children anytime and anywhere. Falling off a skateboard, getting hit in the face with a baseball or even just biting into a hard candy can cause chipped or lost teeth Knowing what to do when a dental emergency occurs can mean the difference between saving a child’s teeth and serious damage to their smile and their health.

“Early access to dental care can really affect the outcome,” says Dr. Victor Kutcher, President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA). “Get to a dentist as soon as you can to prevent infection and increase the chances of saving the tooth.”

As your kids get ready to go back to school, know the steps to take by being prepared before an accident happens. While dentists will accommodate patients with emergencies during office hours, talk to your dentist about where to go for after-hours emergency care. Your dentist will provide you with an alternate phone number or the location of an emergency dental clinic in your area. Have this information readily available - post it on your refrigerator or store the number in your cell phone.

Here are some tips on how to deal with common childhood dental emergencies.

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