The Ontario Dental Association says Easter sweets can still be a treat

    The ODA offers tips on how to enjoy the special holiday without fretting
    over your teeth

    TORONTO, April 10 /CNW/ - Whether you plan to decorate eggs or hunt for
delicious chocolate bunnies, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) reminds
parents and kids of some simple oral health-care tips and practices that can
help you have a healthy and 'hoppy' Easter celebration.
    "Easter doesn't have to be a leap from your oral health-care routine,"
says ODA President, Dr. Larry Levin. "Eat chocolate or candy in moderation,
preferably after a meal, and then just make sure you brush and floss shortly
    The ODA's website,, offers plenty of tips to ensure
a happy and healthy Easter. Some of these include:

    -  Have your child brush and floss after eating sugary sweets
    -  Save treats for just after mealtimes, when the amount of saliva
       produced is greater and will help protect your child's teeth
    -  Finish your meals and snacks with dairy products, like milk or cheese.
       Dairy acts as a buffer to the acids produced by oral bacteria and re-
       mineralizes areas of early tooth decay. Milk and cheese are healthy
       compliments to sweets because of their high calcium content and
       nutritious value.
    -  Eating sugary sweets is fine when done in moderation. Store candy in a
       sealed container and establish times when your child can have a treat.

    "Chocolate and sugary treats are difficult to avoid on special
occasions," says Dr. Levin. "If you maintain a good oral health-care routine,
your family can enjoy all the sweets they want."

For further information:

For further information: Rui Estevao, Public Affairs & Communications,
(416) 355-2278,; Bonnie Dean, Public Affairs & Communications,
(416) 922-3900, ext. 3305,

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