TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 22, 2016) - More than two million kids across the province are preparing to head back to school soon, but everyone in the family can use a refresher course on how best to care for their mouths. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) wants you to remember the "old school" basics of oral health care which includes brushing twice daily and not eating too much sugar. Here are the ABCs and Ds to follow for a healthy smile…and a healthy mouth.

Awareness: Stress, medications, smoking, overconsumption of alcohol and sugar, as well as acidity levels in juice, soda and sports drinks, can negatively impact your oral health. They may also increase your risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer.

Brushing: Brushing your teeth in the morning and evening not only gives you a fresh, sparkling smile, it's also a critical component in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

Cleaning: Other areas of your mouth need attention that brushing alone can't provide. Flossing removes particles of food from in between teeth and using mouthwash can reduce plaque, cavities and gingivitis.

Dentist: Getting a regular dental exam is key to maintaining optimal oral health. Your dentist is trained to detect and diagnose problems before you see or feel them, which is also when they are much easier and less expensive to treat.

Dr. Jack McLister, ODA President, says, "As we return to our usual routines, back-to-school time is also a perfect opportunity to reassess the oral health-care routine of the whole family to make sure everyone maintains a healthy smile."

About the Ontario Dental Association
The ODA has been the voluntary professional association for dentists in Ontario since 1867. Today, we represent more than 9,000, or nine in 10, dentists across the province. The ODA is Ontario's primary source of information on oral health and the dental profession. We advocate for accessible and sustainable optimal oral health for all Ontarians by working with health-care professionals, governments, the private sector and the public. For more information on this and other helpful dental care tips, visit

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