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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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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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ODA Kicks Off Oral Health Month 2008 with Brush-a-mania

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April 4, 2008

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Toronto, ON – Dentists and Rotarians from across the province kicked off Oral Health Month
today by teaming up to bring the successful Brush‐a‐mania oral health program to 150 Ontario
schools.

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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.

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

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