Patient Education Materials

The following materials are available for viewing and downloading. They have been developed and/or approved by ODA Dentists and are designed for educational use only; they are not intended to replace advice from your dentist or other health-care professionals.

If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, contact your dentist. Use our Find A Dentist tool to locate a dentist in your neighbourhood.


To floss or not to floss?

Yes! It helps to attain and maintain your oral health.

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Brush Up On Your Oral Health Facts

Use these pieces to learn about the connection between oral and overall health.


ODA BrushUp Brochure Page 1
(currently unavailable)

Gum Chewing

It may be the world's oldest candy. Go ahead and have a piece of (sugarless) chewing gum – and make your dentist happy! (Excerpt from YOH Magazine)

Common Dental Procedures

  • This fact sheet covers some of the common procedures that can be performed by your dentist.

Infection Control

  • This fact sheet is intended to answer some frequently asked questions and to provide you with the latest information on what are known as infection control techniques.

Waiving the Dental Plan Co-Payment 

  • This fact sheet will provide some information to help you understand how one of the most common features – co-payment or co-insurance – works.

Not Everybody Can See It, But Your Dentist Can: Tooth Decay (Poster)
Not Everybody Can See It, But Your Dentist Can: Gum Disease (Poster)

Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)

  • Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Why? Find out with this informative fact sheet.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • What is Burning Mouth Syndrome? And who does it affect? (Excerpt from Magazine magazine)

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

  • If your mouth often feels dry and uncomfortable, you may have xerostomia. That's the clinical term for dry mouth — and it occurs when the amount of saliva in your mouth dries up. (Excerpt from Magazine magazine)

Tooth Sensitivity

  • Tooth sensitivity is more than an inconvenience, it's a pain – and your dentist needs to know about it. (Excerpt from Magazine magazine)

Oral Piercings 

  • An oral piercing might be a must-have for your teen, but do you know how safe it is? (Excerpt from Magazine magazine)

Oral Cancer isn't this easy to spot. 

Undestand oral cancer – what is it, how is it detected, how it can be prevented – as well as risk factors and symptoms.

Oral_Cancer_Spot_posterPosterOral_Cancer_spot_brochure Brochure

Not Everybody Can See It, But Your Dentist Can: Oral Cancer (Poster)  
HPV-Positive Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • A fact sheet for patients with HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer and their families. Reprinted with permission.

ODA OHS PatientInfoSheet 2014 CommonQuestions HPV-OSCC v5
Premalignant Oral Lesions
  • A routine part of an oral examination should be inspection not only of the teeth and gums but also of the soft tissues in and around the mouth. Dentists look for abnormal changes that are loosely called "lesions." Reprinted with permission of The American Academy of Oral Medicine.
ODA PatientInfo PremalignantOralLesions Page 1

Oral Mucositis

  • This fact sheet looks at painful mouth sores, known as oral mucositis, which may develop as a result of cancer treatment.
ODA PatientInfo OralMucositis

Your Dentist Sees More Than Just Your Teeth (Diabetes) 

  • This brochure provides an overview of the relationship between diabetes and oral health - including the most common oral health problems associated with diabetes.

Diabetes_poster Poster

Diabetes_brochure Brochure

Diabetes and Oral Health

  • This fact sheet explores the ways diabetes and your oral health can affect each other.
The Pain of Stress on Your Oral Health (Poster) OHM15 TMJ Poster Thumb

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • What is sleep apnea and why are so many people losing sleep over it? (Excerpt from Your Oral magazine)

Quitting tobacco: Let’s think positive 

  • The time theme of the poster (below) is replicated in the brochure, along with a few frequently asked questions.
It's time to measure your success!
  • This poster conveys a positive, results-oriented message about quitting tobacco.
Oral Changes Associated with Tobacco Use
  • The oral changes from tobacco use range from harmless soft tissue changes to a life-threatening oral cancer. Some of the more common of these are discussed in this fact sheet. Reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Oral Medicine.
ODA PatientInfo OralChangesTobacco Page 1
Tobacco Use
  • This fact sheet lists some common questions and concerns about quitting tobacco. Reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Oral Medicine.
ODA PatientInfo TobaccoUse
Why Quitting Smoking is Important
  • This fact sheet offers a brief discussion of some of the many links between smoking and systemic diseases.
ODA PatientInfo QuittingSmoking V1

Your Children's Teeth

  • A healthy mouth is important to a child's overall health. These resources help parents and caregivers learn how to keep a child's smile healthy.

Childrens_brochure Brochure 

Top Ten Tips for Parents (Poster) Tips

Healthy School Lunch

  • What to pack in a healthy school lunch – that your kids might actually eat! (Excerpt from Magazine magazine)

Kids' Zone

  • Don't forget our interactive dental playground with puzzles, colouring pages and videos to help encourage good oral-health habits in your children. Click on the cartoon tooth and go there now!
KidZone CartoonTooth

Seniors' Oral Care
  • This brochure provides
    an overview of dental care
    for older adults. 
  • This brochure provides
    tips for seniors and caregivers
    caring for natural teeth.
  • This brochure provides
    tips for seniors and caregivers
    caring for dentures.
  • This tip sheet is intended as a tool to help caregivers support good oral health.

Dental Care for the Patient With Alzheimer's Disease
  • Ensure the patient with Alzheimer's disease knows how to conduct their routine dental care – dental disease should not compound the problems encountered with this disease. 

    (Brochure is currently being updated and is temporarily unavailable)
Osteoporosis bisphosphonate medications, dental health and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ)
  • A joint message from the ODA and other organizations, this brochure helps you understand the causes, prevention and treatment of osteonecrosis of the jaw.
ONJ Brochure 2011 FINAL Page 1

Bisphosphonate Therapy and the Oral Cavity

  • This fact sheet, reprinted with permission of The American Academy of Oral Medicine, looks at bisphosphonates and their possible side effects on oral health. 
ODA PatientInfo Bisphosphonates Page 1

Mouth Problems + HIV 

  • This fact sheet is for people who have mouth (oral) problems related to HIV infection. It explains the most common oral problems linked to HIV and shows what they look like. It also describes where in the mouth they occur and how they are treated. Reprinted with permission by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
ODA PatientInfo MouthProblemsHIV OHS-2014

Herpes Simplex Virus Infection (Cold Sores and Fever Blisters)

  • Fact sheet reprinted with permission of The American Academy of Oral Medicine.
ODA PatientInfo HerpesSimplexVirus OHS-2014 Page 1


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