ODA Urges Ontarians to Plan for a Safe Family Day

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The Ontario Dental Association offers tips on how to handle a winter-related dental emergency

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February 15, 2011

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Toronto, ON – Family Day is a chance for parents and kids to enjoy the last few weeks of snowfall, which means tobogganing, skating and snowball fights. But any winter activity comes with a risk of injury to the teeth and mouth. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) wants to remind parents to take extra precautions during this holiday and learn what to do in case of a dental injury.

“Don’t assume that non-contact sports or activities can't cause mouth injuries -- an icy snowball can cause a lot of damage to teeth,” says Dr. Lynn Tomkins, ODA President. “If your child is involved in sports or other physical activities, be prepared to deal with injuries from any outdoor winter activity.”

The ODA has important tips on dental or mouth injuries that every parent or caregiver should know:

“The sooner a mouth injury is treated by a dentist, the better the long-term prognosis,” says Dr. Tomkins. “So have a good emergency plan, be prepared to act quickly and ask your dentist about emergency contacts."

For more information about dental emergencies visit the Personal Oral Care section.

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