MAKE HALLOWEEN LESS SCARY FOR YOUR CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH

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Learn all the tricks to help kids say "Boo!" to tooth decay

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October 26, 2011

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TORONTO, Oct. 26 – Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days for children; however, all the candy they're exposed to from trick-or-treating can be a nightmare for their oral health.

Eating too much candy greatly increases the risk of tooth decay – bacteria that feed on sugar from candy produce acid which can damage teeth and lead to cavities. In Ontario, tooth decay is the second most common cause of school absenteeism. But the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has some tips to help parents protect their children's oral health without taking away their enjoyment of Halloween.

"Children should have as much fun as possible on Halloween, including eating the candy they get from trick-or-treating," says Dr. Harry Höediono, ODA President. "The trick for parents is to moderate the intake of sweets and make sure kids stick to their brushing and flossing routine."

When your ghosts and goblins return from trick-or-treating, here are some tips to ensure a healthier Halloween.

It also helps to know which treats are good and not-so-good for your teeth.

"Tooth decay is not caused just by eating candy – tooth decay comes from not brushing or flossing regularly and letting food sit on teeth for long periods of time," says Dr. Höediono. "Establishing good oral health habits early in life can help kids survive almost anything – especially Halloween."

For more information, visit www.youroralhealth.ca.

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Contacts:

Brian Kellow
ODA Public Affairs and Communications
416-355-2265
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Bonnie Dean
ODA Public Affairs and Communications
416-922-3900, extension 3314
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