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.”
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).
February 20, 2013
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has launched a YouTube channel, OntarioDentalAssoc, aimed at helping the public weed through the endless stream of dental-related videos.
“The ODA YouTube channel will play an important role in selecting appropriate and informative videos that can better serve the needs of patients looking for dental-related information,” said Dr. Arthur Worth, President of the ODA. “We are scouring YouTube to select appropriate videos that are then reviewed by dentists – this is a great tool to help support patient education.”
Due to the vast number of videos — that are ranked based on popularity that is calculated by the number of people who view them — it is often difficult for the public to search through them and find the most credible and informative pieces.
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.
November 13, 2012
Toronto, ON - In its dedication to promoting optimal oral health care to everyone in the province, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has an online tool that helps you find a dentist in less time than it takes to brush your teeth.
Find-A-Dentist is one of the most popular features on the ODA’s public website, youroralhealth.ca. The tool includes contact information for ODA members across the province. While joining the Association is not mandatory for dentists in Ontario, the ODA has a strong membership base with more than 90 percent of licensed dentists in the province.
The search engine also uses Google Maps to help you locate both general practitioner and specialist dentists. Whether you are searching by name, postal code or dental specialty, locating a dentist can be just a few keystrokes away.