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Your Mouth is the Gateway to Your Body

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Nutrition is vital to your oral (and overall) health – eat well!

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March 5, 2015 – March is Nutrition Month. Ontario's dentists remind people to eat a nutritious and balanced diet, because healthy eating has a direct impact on an individual's oral health.
The Ontario Dental Association supports the Dietitians of Canada's Eating 9 to 5! campaign dedicated to helping Canadians eat well at work. The campaign targets the times of the day when eating healthy might not be so easy, encouraging people to combat rushed mornings; improve choices at meetings, events and in the workplace; revive lunchtime; fight the mid-day slump; and manage commuter cravings.

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Ontario’s Dentists: Community water fluoridation is safe, effective in the fight against tooth decay

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November 27, 2014

Ontario’s Dentists: Community water fluoridation is safe, effective in the fight against tooth decay

The Ontario Dental Association applauds the efforts of Bob Delaney, MPP Mississauga-Streetsville, to bring community water fluoridation to discussion in the Ontario Legislature today.

Dentists around the world, and in particular in Ontario, have long recognized the oral health benefits of fluoridation of municipal drinking water. It is a cost-effective and economical means of preventing dental caries to everyone in the community. Community water fluoridation in the right amount is both safe and effective.

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Diabetes and Oral Health: Your Dentist Sees More Than Your Teeth

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November 3, 2014
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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.”

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Ontario Dentists Support Changes to Smoke-Free Ontario Act

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November 7, 2014

 Ontario Dentists Support Changes to Smoke-Free Ontario Act

Toronto - The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) supports today’s move by the Ontario government to strengthen the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to protect people of all ages, and young people in particular, from the harmful effects of tobacco.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care today announced new regulations under the Act which will prohibit smoking on restaurant patios, playgrounds and certain other public spaces effective January 1, 2015. It will also be illegal to sell tobacco products on university and college campuses.  

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Ontario’s doctors and dentists offer tips for a healthier Halloween

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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.

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