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Don't Take a Holiday From Your Oral Health

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The Ontario Dental Association urges you to keep up with good oral health habits during summer holidays

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July 4, 2011

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Toronto, ON — For many people, summer means weekends by the lake, delicious barbeques and enjoying the warm sunshine. Whether you're preparing for a vacation at home or a getaway at the cottage, it's important to keep your oral health top of mind. Your mouth is the window to your body's overall health, so remember to maintain good oral health-care routines at all times, all year.

"Poor oral health not only affects your appearance but is associated with serious conditions, such as diabetes and respiratory diseases," says Dr. Harry Höediono, President of the Ontario Dental Association. "Getting your oral-health routine in order for summer is an important way to help ensure optimum overall health."

Here are some tips to help you enjoy the summer with a healthy smile.

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Brush Up On Brushing Your Teeth

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Back-to-school time is the perfect time to learn the ABCs of brushing

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September 7, 2011

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Toronto, ON – For kids, brushing their teeth isn't always top of mind, and getting them to brush properly can be a real challenge for parents. But getting back into daily school routines is a great time to make sure kids are brushing often – and properly.

"Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of absences from school, and can greatly affect a child's academic performance," says Dr. Harry Höediono, President of the Ontario Dental Association. "With proper brushing, twice a day, every parent can help ensure their children have the best possible oral health as they start a new school year."

Brushing your teeth properly at least twice a day helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Let your child watch you brush your teeth as often as possible. Children are wonderful imitators, and there's nothing like a parent's example to teach them the way to healthy dental practices.

You can also make brushing fun and easy by learning the ABCs of proper brushing.

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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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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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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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