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.”
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.”
TORONTO – Dr. Rick Caldwell has been installed as President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), the professional association that represents more than 8,000 dentists in Ontario. His term began on June 1, 2013.
The position is a culmination of a lifelong pursuit of volunteering which began as a boy, when he witnessed his father’s ongoing involvement in town politics in New Liskeard, Ont., where his family has roots going back to the early twentieth century.
“It was almost expected of us to become involved and give back to our community wherever possible,” says Dr. Caldwell of his family’s community work. “Being a member of the ODA has allowed me to combine dentistry and volunteering into a satisfying professional career.”
After he graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Caldwell entered a program which sent students to an underserviced area for a year. He took a position as a dentist in the Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory for two years. Since then, over a period of 20 years, Dr. Caldwell has provided periodic volunteer dental service to the Weenusk First Nations on the Hudson Bay coast, and assisted with relief efforts in Guatemala through Speroway (formerly FTC Canada).
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.”
April 3, 2013
Toronto, ON – April is Oral Health Month and this year the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is taking the opportunity to remind patients of the importance of the dental exam. A grateful patient, Linda, is working with the association to share her story as a reminder of what can happen if you avoid regular dental exams.
“With two kids and a demanding job, postponing my regular dental exam didn’t seem like the end of the world – especially since I didn’t have any pain or symptoms,” says Linda. “I cannot express how shocked I was when my dentist found a tiny hole in my gum that lead to three surgeries and months of dental care.”
In the summer of 2011, Linda went for a routine dental visit, after postponing it several times, where her dentist discovered a small hole in the upper gum area. After additional tests, her dentist diagnosed a serious infection and significant bone loss.