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THE ONTARIO DENTAL ASSOCIATION WARNS CHILDREN AND TEENS TO USE SPORTS DRINKS IN MODERATION

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Sports drinks can cause dental problems

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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.

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MOUTHGUARDS ARE MANDATORY FOR GOOD ORAL HEALTH, SAY DENTISTS

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The Ontario Dental Association encourages the use of mouthguards for many sports activities

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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.”

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THE ONTARIO DENTAL ASSOCIATION CONGRATULATES MINISTERS, ASSOCIATE MINISTER, AND PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANTS ON THEIR NEW ROLES

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July 2, 2014

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) congratulates the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, MPP St. Paul’s, on his recent appointment to Ontario’s Cabinet as the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, along with Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Long-Term Care and Wellness) the Honourable Dipika Damerla, MPP Mississauga East-Cooksville. Congratulations also extend to John Fraser, MPP Ottawa South and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health (Health), and Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP Halton and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Long-Term Care).

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THE ONTARIO DENTAL ASSOCIATION WELCOMES DR. GERALD SMITH OF THUNDER BAY AS NEW PRESIDENT FOR 2014-2015

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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.“

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ONTARIO DENTAL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES SPOUSAL TREATMENT IS NOW PERMITTED IN ONTARIO

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NEWS RELEASE
July 11, 2014

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is pleased to announce that the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) regulation permitting dentists in Ontario to treat their spouses has been approved by Ontario's Cabinet on July 10, 2014. The regulation comes into force immediately. Bill 70, the Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act (Spousal Exception), 2013 received unanimous support in Ontario's Legislature when it passed on October 23, 2013.

The Ontario Dental Association, representing approximately 8,600 dentists, or over 91 percent of registered dentists in Ontario, along with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario were instrumental in bringing about this change for regulated health-care professionals and their spouses.

The passage of this regulation means that access to care for spouses of dentists in rural or northern communities may no longer be an issue. Spouses have been granted the ability to choose the dentist of their preference, including their spouse.

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