November 27, 2014
The Ontario Dental Association applauds the efforts of Bob Delaney, MPP Mississauga-Streetsville, to bring community water fluoridation to discussion in the Ontario Legislature today.
Dentists around the world, and in particular in Ontario, have long recognized the oral health benefits of fluoridation of municipal drinking water. It is a cost-effective and economical means of preventing dental caries to everyone in the community. Community water fluoridation in the right amount is both safe and effective.
November 7, 2014
Ontario Dentists Support Changes to Smoke-Free Ontario Act
Toronto - The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) supports today’s move by the Ontario government to strengthen the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to protect people of all ages, and young people in particular, from the harmful effects of tobacco.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care today announced new regulations under the Act which will prohibit smoking on restaurant patios, playgrounds and certain other public spaces effective January 1, 2015. It will also be illegal to sell tobacco products on university and college campuses.
Ontario’s doctors and dentists offer tips for a healthier Halloween
Toronto, ON Oct. 29, 2014 – Halloween is an enjoyable holiday for many children, but it can also throw off hard-fought healthy habits, say the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and Ontario Dental Association ODA).
“Halloween is fun for kids and parents, but it is also a time when the good habits children have learned about healthy eating are not always followed,” said Dr. Ved Tandan, President of the OMA. “Ontario’s Doctors want to offer a few simple tips that can help keep children and parents on track while still enjoying Halloween.”
The ODA reminds parents and children to think about avoiding cavities this Halloween when indulging in treats. Simple and easy-to-remember oral health-care tips will help keep kids healthy and happy long after children bring home their bounty of sugary treats from trick or treating.
November 3, 2014
Diabetes and Oral Health: Your Dentist Sees More Than Your Teeth
The Ontario Dental Association recognizes November as Diabetes Awareness Month and the connection between oral and overall health
Toronto – Did you know there is a connection between diabetes and oral health? Research shows that poorly managed blood glucose (sugar) levels put you at greater risk for developing oral health problems such as gum disease, fungal infections, tooth decay, taste impairment, dry mouth and delayed healing. Conversely, having periodontal (gum) disease can intensify the complications associated with diabetes.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) and dentists across the province will be supporting the Canadian Diabetes Association’s “Don’t Be Risky” campaign which urges Canadians to identify the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.
“Diabetes can be associated with an increased prevalence and severity of periodontal diseases, and as an infectious and inflammatory disease, periodontitis can affect the control of blood sugar,” says Dr. Gerald Smith, President of the ODA. “When blood sugars remain high over time it can put people with diabetes at risk for further complications.”
Sports drinks can cause dental problems
August 26, 2014
Toronto – With the return of back to school, many children and young teens are gearing up for sports activities. When these budding young athletes reach for sports drinks to keep their bodies hydrated, they may be putting their oral health at risk.
Dentists are seeing serious tooth problems at young ages and sports drink consumption could be to blame. According to Dr. Jerry Smith, President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), the combination of sweetness and acidity in sports and energy drinks can lead to tooth decay and dental erosion.