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GIVE THANKS FOR GOOD FOOD – AND GOOD ORAL HEALTH

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The Ontario Dental Association offers tips on a delicious – and nutritious – Thanksgiving Day meal

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October 6, 2011

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Toronto, ON – Planning and preparing for Thanksgiving Day can be hectic, and figuring out what food to serve can be just as taxing. With more people adopting alternative diets, it can be difficult to please everybody's palates. While we can't do anything about the stress that family get-togethers may cause, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has some tips to make planning your menu a little easier – and your mouth a lot healthier.

"Just like our bodies, our teeth and gums need a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy," says Dr. Harry Höediono, ODA President. "A balanced and diverse menu provides many nutrients to strengthen your teeth and gums, making them less susceptible to disease, including tooth decay."

When planning your holiday menu, include foods that are nutritious and beneficial – not only for your overall health but for your oral health. Essential vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal oral health include calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and vitamins A, C and D. Here are a few ideas:

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MAKE HALLOWEEN LESS SCARY FOR YOUR CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH

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Learn all the tricks to help kids say "Boo!" to tooth decay

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October 26, 2011

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TORONTO, Oct. 26 – Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days for children; however, all the candy they're exposed to from trick-or-treating can be a nightmare for their oral health.

Eating too much candy greatly increases the risk of tooth decay – bacteria that feed on sugar from candy produce acid which can damage teeth and lead to cavities. In Ontario, tooth decay is the second most common cause of school absenteeism. But the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has some tips to help parents protect their children's oral health without taking away their enjoyment of Halloween.

"Children should have as much fun as possible on Halloween, including eating the candy they get from trick-or-treating," says Dr. Harry Höediono, ODA President. "The trick for parents is to moderate the intake of sweets and make sure kids stick to their brushing and flossing routine."

When your ghosts and goblins return from trick-or-treating, here are some tips to ensure a healthier Halloween.

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Backgrounder - Oral Cancer

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April 5, 2011
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Most oral cancers are located on the sides of the tongue, floor of the mouth and lips. Oral cancer starts in the cells of the mouth. Normally these cells are quite resistant to damage, but repeated injury from smoking, alcohol or even friction may cause sores or painful areas where cancer can start.

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer refers to all cancers of the oral cavity, which includes the following:

  • lips;
  • tongue;
  • teeth;
  • gums (gingiva);
  • lining inside the lips and cheeks (labial mucosa and buccal mucosa);
  • floor of the mouth;
  • roof of the mouth (palate); and
  • the area behind the wisdom teeth.

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Trying to Quit Smoking? Your Dentist Can Help.

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The Ontario Dental Association is calling on Ontarians to give up tobacco today

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April 1, 2012

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TORONTO, April 2, 2012 /CNW/ - April is Oral Health Month and the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is focusing on tobacco cessation — it's never too late to quit. According to the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 15 percent of adults in Ontario are smokers — that's over 2.2 million people.

Deciding to stop smoking is the best decision you can make for your health, and your dentist can help improve your chances of success. Dentists play a key role in protecting your oral health, and they are also a valuable asset in the battle to quit smoking.

"Every day in Ontario, dentists help patients quit smoking by offering support and encouragement," says Dr. Harry Höediono, President of the ODA. "Dentists can also prescribe stop-smoking medications, where helpful, and explain the oral and overall health benefits of quitting today."

Four out of 10 smokers will attempt to quit during the course of a year, but the withdrawal symptoms of nicotine are so severe that many will fail on their first attempt.

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Ontario Dental Association Helps Kids Give Tooth Decay the "Brush Off" During Oral Health Month

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50,000 Ontario children participate in Brush-a-mania

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April 3, 2009
Toronto, ON - How do you get hundreds of kids to brush their teeth simultaneously? You make it enjoyable and fun with some help from Carlton the Bear and the Toronto Raptor’s mascot.

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