The Ontario Dental Association says "Boo" to cavities this Halloween

    Your oral health experts have the "tricks" to dealing with all those

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is
reminding parents and kids there are many ways to avoid cavities this
Halloween with simple oral health-care tips and practices to ensure a healthy,
happy occasion.
    "Halloween doesn't have to be a scary time for your teeth," says ODA
President Dr. Larry Levin. "Eat candy after meals, brush and floss your teeth
when you finish and enjoy everything in moderation. These kinds of healthy
habits allow kids to have fun and ease a parent's mind."

    The ODA's website,, offers plenty of tips to ensure
a happy and healthy Halloween. Some of these include:

    -   Save the sugary sweets for just after mealtimes, as the amount of
        saliva produced at this time will help protect your child's teeth.
    -   Have your child brush and floss their teeth after eating sugary
        treats. If your child doesn't have access to a toothbrush while at
        school or a friend's house, give them sugarless gum to help get their
        saliva flowing.
    -   Finish your meals and snacks with cheese or milk. Cheese is a healthy
        complement to sweets because of its high calcium content and
        nutritious value. It tends to buffer the acids produced by oral
        bacteria and re-mineralizes areas of early tooth decay.
    -   Hard candy, such as lollipops, and sticky sweets, such as toffee, can
        be more damaging because they remain in the mouth for a longer time.
        Get your child to trade in these treats by offering them stickers or
        a Halloween-themed toothbrush.
    -   Eating sweets is fine when done in moderation and for a short period
        of time, e.g. days, not weeks. Keep candy in a sealed container and
        establish times when your child can have a treat.

    "We have all the 'tricks' for your treats," says Dr. Levin. "Following
these tips at Halloween, and all year round, will help you and your family
have good oral health for life."

    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 October "ODA SoundBite" features Dr. Larry Levin, President of the
Ontario Dental Association, speaking about oral health and Halloween.

For further information:

For further information: Bonnie Dean, Public Affairs & Communications,
Ontario Dental Association, (416) 922-3900, extension 3305,; OR
Kari Cuss, Public Affairs & Communications, Ontario Dental Association, (416)
355-2278 (p), (647) 294-7613 (c),

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