Dr. Jerry Smith offers solutions for better, cost-effective access to dental care at Pre-Budget Consultation
January 20, 2016
THUNDER BAY, ON - On behalf of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), Dr. Jerry Smith, a practicing dentist in Thunder Bay, stood in front of the Ontario Legislative Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs earlier today, urging the members to recommend funding increases for publicly funded dental programs in the Wynne government's next provincial budget.
"Government-funded dental programs fall very short when it comes to practical, proven and less costly preventive and early intervention care for low-income children and youth in Ontario," says Dr. Smith, the ODA's past-president. Dr. Smith also serves as chair of an ODA committee dedicated to improving access to care across the province. Dr. Smith told the Standing Committee that "Ontario's dentists are offering solutions to ensure that every single child and youth eligible has the same access to high quality dental care."
With a few simple tips, Halloween doesn’t have to be scary for children’s teeth
October 27, 2015
Toronto, ON – It’s that time of year again when kids look forward to getting candy and sweets – and parents and caregivers begin to worry about the damage that sugar does to their children’s teeth. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has some tips to make Halloween more fun than frightening when it comes to oral health.
“As a parent, I always wanted my children to enjoy themselves on Halloween, including eating the candy they got from trick-or-treating,” says ODA President Dr. Victor Kutcher. “Keep in mind that tooth decay does not develop from sugar alone. It comes from poor oral health habits, like not brushing or flossing regularly and letting food sit on teeth for long periods of time.”
Parents can mitigate the potentially harmful effects of Halloween candy by incorporating healthy habits into your child’s everyday oral health-care routine.
June 1, 2015
His mission – to help dentists deliver top-notch patient care through a strong Association
TORONTO, ON — After a car accident that partially sidelined him from his dental practice in 2008, Dr. Victor Kutcher found himself with extra time on his hands. He had been involved in organized dentistry to some degree throughout his career – both on the local and provincial level – so he decided, in 2010, to put his name forward for a position on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Dental Association. Dr. Kutcher hoped that it would keep him occupied while he attempted to deal with his injuries.
Five years later, he takes the helm as the new President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), the professional association that represents almost 9,000 dentists in Ontario. His one-year term begins June 1.
September 2, 2015
Ontario’s dentists remind you to be ready for the unexpected.
Toronto, ON September 2, 2015 Accidents can happen to children anytime and anywhere. Falling off a skateboard, getting hit in the face with a baseball or even just biting into a hard candy can cause chipped or lost teeth Knowing what to do when a dental emergency occurs can mean the difference between saving a child’s teeth and serious damage to their smile and their health.
“Early access to dental care can really affect the outcome,” says Dr. Victor Kutcher, President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA). “Get to a dentist as soon as you can to prevent infection and increase the chances of saving the tooth.”
As your kids get ready to go back to school, know the steps to take by being prepared before an accident happens. While dentists will accommodate patients with emergencies during office hours, talk to your dentist about where to go for after-hours emergency care. Your dentist will provide you with an alternate phone number or the location of an emergency dental clinic in your area. Have this information readily available - post it on your refrigerator or store the number in your cell phone.
Here are some tips on how to deal with common childhood dental emergencies.
April 14, 2015
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Improving Oral Health Means Better Education, Job Seeking
Toronto, ON – Ontario dentists and the Wynne government agree that publicly funded dental services are proven tools in the fight against poverty[i]. As frontline care providers, Ontario’s dentists know how important it is that Ontario’s low income families receive high-quality dental services. Dental services, including preventive care and treatment, reduce barriers to work and education. To this end, 50 Ontario Dental Association (ODA) member dentists are at Queen’s Park this week to make sure all parties know how important it is that the Wynne government deliver on promises to low-income Ontario children and youth.