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To say this pandemic is a fluid situation is an understatement and the latest confusion everyone is dealing with is vaccination status. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is hoping to add clarity to the situation by letting you know what to expect at your next appointment and what kind of information your dentist is allowed […]

Published Sep 22, 2021

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If you’ve been putting off going to the dentist during the pandemic, now’s the time for a check-up.

Published Jul 19, 2021

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    Statement on Indigenous Peoples, Truth and Reconciliation

    *Content Warning* The following information relates to and references Residential Schools, Assimilation, Ongoing Harm, Colonial Impacts. September 30, 2021 – The Ontario Dental Association was created more than 150 years ago with a goal of providing quality dental care to Ontarians. But like any institution with a long history in Canada, we recognize inequalities in […]

    Published Sep 27, 2021

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    Ontario Dental Association President urging you to get a checkup if you avoided it during COVID-19

    Dr. Charles Frank, ODA President understands why people may be reluctant to visit the dentist, but urges people to get a check-up. Listen to this clip from his interview on PTBOtoday.

    Published Jul 22, 2021

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    Flossing your teeth may protect against cognitive decline, research shows

    Good oral health habits such as brushing and flossing may prevent cognitive impairment and dementia. See the full story on CNN.

    Published Jul 9, 2021

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    ADVICE: Is it safe to go to the dentist?

    COVID-19 has changed everything, including our oral health habits. Dr. Lesli Hapak, President of the Ontario Dental Association, explains why it's important to see your dentist for regular checkups and talks about the ways dental offices are ensuring the safety of their patients.

    Published May 14, 2021

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    Pakistani teen who had to eat through a straw receives one-of-a-kind surgery in Toronto

    ODA member Dr. Marco Caminiti led a team of doctors in a very rare surgical feat to replace the hinge of Muneeb Shahzad’s jaw with a prosthesis to help him eat, speak and have a normal life. Amazing and inspiring! Read the article on the CTV News website.

    Published Mar 19, 2021

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    Is An Electric Toothbrush Worth It?

    Dr. Lesli Hapak, periodontist and president of the Ontario Dental Association, discusses the benefits of electric toothbrushes in this piece from Chatelaine.

    Published Jan 21, 2021

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    How to Have a Merry and Mindful Holiday

    The holiday season is going to be different for everyone this year. People will still be celebrating and the Ontario Dental Association has some helpful tips on how to keep your dental health in check this month.

    Published Dec 7, 2020

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    Creepin’ it Real with Your Teeth

    Channel your inner cavity slayer to avoid total dental doom. TORONTO, ON — There may not be as much trick or treating going on this October, but cavities are always up for a Halloween party and millions of candies, chocolates and chips are going to be devoured by people of all ages in the days […]

    Published Oct 26, 2020

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    How to Tame Mask Mouth

    TORONTO, ON — We all know wearing a mask is an important way to help keep each other healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, “mask mouth” is a smelly condition too many people have come to know. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has some tips to stay fresh under your mask. You guessed it — […]

    Published Sep 21, 2020

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    Halloween Candy Horrors

    Just how badly do your treats spook your teeth? TORONTO, ON — It’s that time of year again! Kids are counting down the moments until they get dressed up and roam their neighbourhoods in search of free candy. And you know adults have already started sneaking mini-sized treats at home or the office. Dentists are […]

    Published Oct 21, 2019

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