The Ontario Dental Association reminds kids and parents to think about oral health care this September

    The ODA says learning healthy habits at school age essential to good
    long-term oral health

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - As kids head back to school this month, the
Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is urging parents to include oral health
education as part of their preparations.
    "Children need the very best start in life and in school," says ODA
President Dr. Larry Levin. "Tooth decay, when left untreated, can cause a
child pain, can hamper their ability to concentrate and affect their overall
health. September is a great time to make oral health part of your
back-to-school preparations. Help prevent tooth decay and send your kids to
school with healthy mouths."
    To assist parents in optimizing their children's oral health as they
start the new school year,, offers important information
on what everyone needs to know:

    -   FACT: A child's toothbrush should be changed every one to three
        months or immediately after an illness.

    -   TIP: When shopping for school supplies and new clothes, look for a
        new toothbrush as well. (From the home page, visit the 'Children'
        section and click on Brushing & Oral Care)

    -   FACT: Saliva inhibits the growth of bacteria that contribute to tooth
        decay and gum disease.

    -   TIP: Save sweets for mealtimes rather than between meals, as the
        amount of saliva produced at mealtimes will help protect your child's
        teeth. (Visit the 'Children' section and click on Back to School

    -   FACT: Mouthguards not only protect a child's teeth, they may also
        prevent concussions and other serious injuries to the head and jaw.

    -   TIP: Remember to either purchase a mouthguard for each child or
        discuss this with your dentist. Mouthguards should be used even for
        non-contact sports, such as gymnastics and volleyball. (From the home
        page, visit the 'Oral Health & Your Body' section and click on Sports
        & Activities)
 encourages kids to learn more about their own oral
health through the Kids' Zone, a fun and interactive page that helps explain
proper dental hygiene. There is also a video library, which contains more than
70 educational videos that illustrate dental procedures and techniques in a
quick and informative way.
    " helps parents and children alike go back to school and
learn together the importance of dental hygiene," Dr. Levin says. "By making
oral health care part of a back-to-school routine, you will help educate your
children about healthy habits that will last them a lifetime."
    New on
    "ODA SoundBites" are 30-second audio clips providing oral health
information for parents, educators and media. Feel free to download our "ODA
SoundBites" for use on websites, blogs and broadcast outlets. They are
available on the Media Room page of our site.
    Our September "ODA SoundBite" features Dr. Larry Levin, President of the
Ontario Dental Association, on oral health and back-to-school activities.

For further information:

For further information: Bonnie Dean, Public Affairs & Communications,
Ontario Dental Association, (416) 922-3900, extension 3305,

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