Remind kids about good oral hygiene habits before they leave for camp this summer
July 7, 2010
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Toronto, ON - The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is asking parents to put oral health at the top of their kids’ camp preparation list. An oral care kit should be on the packing list, complete with a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and dental floss.
“It’s important for parents to remind their children about good oral hygiene habits to prevent tooth decay, as kids may have other things on their minds while away at camp,” said Dr. Lynn Tomkins, President of the ODA. “Tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood disease, five times more common than asthma in children.”
The ODA wants to suggest to parents and kids some tips for good oral hygiene:
“These tips are great for kids and parents to maintain good oral health,” said Dr. Tomkins. “A painful cavity is the quickest way to dampen summer fun while away at camp. Have fun this summer. Don’t forget to write home, and don’t forget your teeth!”
An excellent resource centre for kids and parents is Kids’ Zone at www.youroralhealth.ca. It encourages kids to learn more about their own oral health through fun activities that help to explain proper dental hygiene.
For more information, please contact:
Public Affairs and Communications
Ontario Dental Association